Each year for the last 10 years, the Queensland Police Service Ipswich District Crime Prevention, Ipswich Day for Daniel Committee, ICYS Ipswich Community Youth Service and Ipswich City Council, supported by Act for Kids and North Ipswich Rotary along with Ipswich schools, businesses and community, gather to walk for Daniel.
Day for Daniel is a national day of action and the largest child safety awareness for child protection and prevention, aimed to help empower children.
The national event involves educating children and adults about keeping children safe by being aware of their surroundings, acting on their instincts and reporting if they feel something isn’t right.
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation aims to empower children with personal safety knowledge, as well as assisting victims of crime and support families of missing persons, particularly those involving children.
This year, Ipswich businesses, schools and communities are invited to participate in and register for a ‘Walk for Daniel’.
Ipswich Police encourage you to walk with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation this October 30, and help continue Daniel’s legacy of child safety across Australia.
Senior Constable Kerrin Sheedy said the walk is symbolic of the walk that Daniel didn’t make to get home.
“What happened to Daniel should never happen to any child,” Senior Constable Sheedy said.
“Ipswich Police encourage you to wear red in honour of Daniel and raise awareness of child safety.
“Police play a vital role in protecting children and educating on child safety, and all too often are having to investigate various types of child harm, in particular, harms that started online.
“Whilst police have this role, by working together with the community and providing knowledge of where to seek support and assistance, together, we can educate and protect our children.
“We can all play a part in taking responsibility to ensure the safety of a child from harm or neglect by educating them to recognise, react and report.”