Premier Campbell Newman donned red and joined Bruce and Denise Morcombe to take part in the Walk for Daniel in Woombye this morning.
Mr Newman was also joined by Sunshine Coast MPs and incoming Queensland Police Commissioner Ian Stewart, along with local celebrities for the 8th annual ‘Walk for Daniel’ as part of the ‘Day for Daniel’ activities.
Mr Newman said the walk was an important way to raise awareness and funds for child safety education as well as to honour Daniel.
“I am pleased to support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in their aim of making Queensland a safer place for our children,” Mr Newman said.
“The Walk for Daniel not only raises awareness, but it educates our children about their personal safety.
“The great turnout we saw today shows that the Morcombe’s have the support of Queensland behind them.”
Mr Newman thanked participants for coming along to support Bruce and Denise and the important work their Foundation is doing to protect children and paid tribute to them for their tireless efforts to raise awareness.
“Over the past 12 months Bruce and Denise have visited an astounding 150 schools, sharing safety and anti-bullying tips with many thousands of students,” Mr Newman said.
“My Government is pleased to support the work of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, having recently launched the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum.
“It’s being rolled out this year and next, from Prep through to Year 9 and is a practical, effective and age appropriate way to get kids thinking about their own safety.”
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation held the first Walk for Daniel in October 2004. The walk follows the same path that Daniel walked from Palmwoods to where he waited for the bus at the Nambour Connection Road.
For more information on the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, please visit www.danielmorcombe.com.au.