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The Morcombes take child safety message to Port Pirie

PICS – Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Abbie Tiller

Bruce and Denise Morcombe educate Port Pirie students during 7,200km Time to Talk Road Trip

Child safety ambassadors Bruce and Denise Morcombe OAM are teaching students of Port Pirie how to recognise, react and report, during their 20-day 7,200km Time to Talk Road Trip.
The Morcombes will teach more than 400 students valuable lessons about personal safety during presentations at St Mark’s College, Port Pirie West Primary, Napperby Primary and Airdale Primary.

The Time to Talk Road Trip coincides with the 20th year of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which was formed by Queensland couple, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, after the disappearance of their son, Daniel, in 2003.

Last seen waiting for a bus in Palmwoods, the 13-year-old was on his way to buy Christmas presents for his family when he went missing. He was abducted and murdered, and after years of searching and an incredible undercover police investigation, Daniel was finally found in 2011.

Denise Morcombe said, “it is really important to us that all children are educated about their personal safety”.
“Our aim is to educate them all on how to recognise unsafe situations, how to react in these situations and very
importantly to encourage them to report these to their safety team.”

The Time To Talk Road Trip is about reducing instances of child sexual abuse, with nine school visits in regional and remote Australia also building momentum in support of this year’s 20th Day for Daniel.

“Together we can reduce child sexual abuse, one talk at a time,” Bruce Morcombe said.
“We are proud to be Daniel’s parents and quite moved that 20 years after his abduction, those tragic events are not forgotten, and his important legacy continues to grow.”

The four school visits in Port Pirie have been sponsored by a generous Foundation supporter who works in the region and is passionate about ensuring children receive education about personal safety.
Established in 2005, the Foundation creates free educational resources to educate children about personal safety and to help stop child sexual abuse.

Day for Daniel is Australia’s largest child safety education and awareness day. Now in its 20th year, the Foundation aims to have 8000 schools and early learning centres registered by Friday 25 October.
More information about Day for Daniel registrations, as well as free educational resources, are available online here.

Last week in Canberra,  the foundation secured $2m in funding to go towards educational resources to help keep kids safe.



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