Parents seek help so work can go on
BRUCE and Denise Morcombe will draft a “wish list” to take to Premier Anna Bligh as they campaign for the State Government to help fund their work in child safety.
The parents of Daniel Morcombe revealed yesterday they had received a personal phone call from the premier on Saturday night after the news that a man had been arrested for their son's murder.
Ms Bligh said that her department would organise a meeting with the Morcombes.
“With any luck we can ensure the longevity of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation,” Mr Morcombe said.
“We really have two or three ideas and logically we'll need to have a meeting with Anna or some representatives from the premier's department.”
Computers at the Daniel Morcombe Foundation's Maroochydore office have been flooded with hundreds of emails of support.
Mr and Mrs Morcombe declared they would not let the foundation “wither on a vine”.
“We want the foundation to get bigger and stronger – and we need everyone's help to keep it going,” Mrs Morcombe said.
Mr Morcombe said the foundation would have folded earlier this year had the office's rent not been paid by a generous businessman.
“The foundation, over the journey, has just been from private donations and sponsorships and the selling of merchandise, which is pretty hard yards,'' he said.
“If it was not for the generous donation of a businessman on the Coast to pay the rent here we actually would have run out of money some months ago and the foundation would have folded.”
Mr Morcombe said the foundation relied on ongoing financial support and he hoped that could come in part from the government.
“Our pockets are not lined with cash,” he said.
“(The public) want us to keep going and do our work to protect their kids.”
The Morcombes look ahead to child protection week next month and then the Day for Daniel on October 28.
“It's a special day on child safety, recognising Daniel's name specifically as a very real tragic case,” Mr Morcombe said.
“We hope that other kids recognise that no longer can they think child safety's not important because it's based on a real case.
“Daniel was just like them and it can happen to anybody.”
The Morcombes said the support for their foundation would ensure Daniel's legacy would live on.
“The Australian community continue to support us and always think of Daniel as a loving, smiling boy, which he was,” Mr Morcombe said.
“I think a lot of people saw Daniel as their own, too,” Mrs Morcombe said. “I hope he won't be forgotten.”