Billy will start his run on Saturday 23rd September at the Lionel Rose Statue in Warragul and finish the run 35 days later in Woombye on the Sunshine Coast at the 13th annual "Walk for Daniel" in time to kick off the Foundation's National Day of Action on Child Safety "Day for Daniel".Bruce and Denise will be there to see him off and cheer him along.
"A run of this magnitude is hard to comprehend. We wish Billy and his support crew the very best of luck. Protecting children is everyone's business. Get behind this bloke and support him as he will make a difference to keeping kids safe." Explained Bruce Morcombe"This is a fantastic effort. We will be thinking of you over the 35 days. So too will be the countless children you are helping who one day will look back from a happier place in their life." Denise added.
Billy said he is doing Ultra Marathon for Daniel because "as a father, child safety is something which I feel very passionate about. I believe all children should be safe and feel safe, and the work the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is doing, is helping to make that possible. I wanted to do this run to be able to do my part and contribute."Billy's key objectives are;
Billy will run through Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. The full schedule is attached.
Billy plans to run between 50 to 60km per day. He will run approximately 30kms from 4am to 7am and then again from 4pm to 7pm. He will run 7 to 8 hrs per day, 8 to 10km/hr.
Gary Parsons and his wife Sharon and Billy's mum and dad are crewing for Billy. Gary Parsons is still a record holder for the longest continuous run in the world when he completed his 274 day run around Australia in December 1999.
Currently over 2660 schools across Australia and numerous Businesses, Community Groups and Individuals are registered to participate in Day for Daniel.It is anticipated that over 1 million people across Australia will participate in Day for Daniel 2017 making it the largest child safety day in Australia.
To register for Day for Daniel go to http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/day-for-daniel.html
A new initiative this year taking place on Day for Daniel is Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson.Schools are encouraged to join our live online broadcast and make history by being part of Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson. Bruce and Denise Morcombe will share strategies for students to help promote safety.
For more information about Australia's Biggest Child Safety Lesson go to http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/australias-biggest-lesson.html
Billy is a 5 times Golden Gloves Boxing Champion, four Queensland Titles and an Australian Champion Title. He has represented Australia overseas and fought the World's best.He undertook studies to become a pharmacist and is now Pharmacist in Charge of the Jadin Chemist Group.
27 year old Billy is married to Bec and has a soon to be 2 year old son Ashton. He will actually turn 2 while Billy is on his run. His wife is now pregnant with baby number 2 due in Jan/Feb.Child safety and protection of his own son became his priority. He felt so passionate about it that he wanted to contribute to spread the word about how important child safety is to all Australian's.
Friday 29th September
Billy crosses into New South Wales via Albury
Tuesday 17th October
Billy crosses into QLD via Goondiwindi
Billy's 2nd Wedding Anniversary
Tuesday 24th October
Billy reaches his hometown of Caboolture
The objectives of Day for Daniel are:To raise awareness about child safety and protection and to promote a safer community for children.
'Day for Daniel' is about educating children and adults about 'keeping kids safe' through child safety and protection initiatives. It aims to help empower our children to Recognise, React and Report if they feel something is not right.Wear Red, Educate and Donate is the theme for 'Day for Daniel' as we strive to have schools, kindergartens, businesses and communities across Australia take action and conduct child safety activities in their local communities to help in Keeping Kids Safe.
'Day for Daniel' is the largest child safety awareness day of its type in Australia. In recent years more than 1 million Australians joined with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in protecting children.A range of resources are available for schools, parents, carers, police officers and educators on the Day for Daniel website DayforDaniel.com.au
Daniel Morcombe Child Safety CurriculumThe Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum has been developed to support schools to deliver key safety messages to students in Prep Year 10.
Within the Curriculum, students learn how to recognise, react and report when they are unsafe or find themselves in situations that can have a significant detrimental effect on their physical, psychological or emotional wellbeing.
The Keeping Kids Safe Resource Kit was developed by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and is aligned with the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum. It is based around the three key messages: Recognise, React and Report.
The Recognise message encourages students to be aware of their surroundings and to recognise body clues.
The React message helps students to consider choices that may keep them safe or help make them safe again as quickly as possible.
The Report message encourages students to report unsafe incidents to an adult.
Developmentally appropriate scenarios are also used to explore and discuss safety situations that children and young people may encounter in the home, at school or in their environment.
The Foundation launched Keeping Kids Safe Resource Kits suitable for children and young people with a mild to moderate special need and for children and young people with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage in 2015.
The Foundation launched its Respectful Relationships videos and activities and Cyber Safety for parents and carers video in September 2016.
Keeping Kids Safe Resource Kit and Educational information
List and map of Registered Schools
Other initiatives include;
Being Safety Smart
Being Safety Smart is a free to use online educational game providing safety strategies for children aged from 6 to 8.
The program is designed to increase the awareness of children to situations within the community which might impact upon their personal safety and to empower them with the ability to act appropriately and with confidence.
Help Me' Emergency Mobile Phone App
This App is a great way to not only help keep kids safe, but assist people of all ages, from 7 to 97, covering all kinds of personal emergency situations!
Orbit is an on-line computer game for children aged 8 - 10 that takes a positive and practical approach to identifying and importantly, highlighting the benefits of reporting child sexual abuse. Launched in 2013 it is available to all schools and families across Australia for FREE.
Day for Daniel Registrations
School Registrations are expected to exceed 2,800.
This represents a 15% increase on 2016 registrations across Australia. Every State and Territory has had increases in registrations.
What: The start of Ultra Marathon for Daniel
Where: Lionel Rose Statue, Warragul, Queen Street Park, Queen Street.
When: Saturday 23rd September
Time: 8.45am for 9am start
Who: Bruce and Denise Morcombe
For more information please contact;
Mobile 0420 300 737
The Day for Daniel, a National
Day of Action raising
awareness of Child Safety,
Protection & Prevention