Act for Kids and the Daniel Morcombe Foundation are joining forces on Friday 31 October for the annual Walk for Daniel event to raise awareness of child safety in the Sunshine Coast region.
The walk symbolises the same path that Daniel Morcombe walked almost 11 years ago from Palmwoods to the Nambour Connection Road in Woombye, where he was sadly abducted and murdered while waiting to catch a bus.
This years event has special significance in the Sunshine Coast region, with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation forming a partnership with Act for Kids to set up a new integrated therapy service at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in Woombye.
Walk Tall is funded by the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and is managed by Act for Kids. Walk Tall provides counselling and emotional support to children and adolescents on the Sunshine Coast who have either experienced or are at risk of physical, emotional and/or sexual harm.
Act for Kids CEO, Dr Neil Carrington, said hes delighted to be working with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation an organisation taking proactive steps to protect children.
Weve been working with abused and neglected kids for over 26 years, and weve learned how important it is for all children to have access to vital support services. Professional support can result in positive outcomes for children and young people; and with the right help they can overcome their experiences, and lead happy and fulfilling lives.
We hope todays announcement marks the beginning of a nationwide movement to protecting children, Dr Carrington said.
Act for Kids Ambassador and Patron of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, Kay McGrath, played a key role in bringing the partnership together.
Im thrilled about these two highly regarded organisations coming together to help heal Queensland children. Its long been a wish of mine to see a more cohesive approach to tackling the issue of child protection. Im certain this will be a very positive and effective partnership, Kay McGrath said.
Act for Kids is encouraging the public to show their support by wearing red and participating in the Walk for Daniel on Friday 31 October to help promote child safety awareness across the nation.
For more information visit: www.dayfordaniel.com.au/day-for-daniel-events.html or www.danielmorcombe.com.au