The Daniel Morcombe Foundation held the Grand Opening of Daniel House in Palmwoods, Queensland today.
Bruce and Denise along with the Hon. Di Farmer officially opened Daniel House in front of 150 invited guests. Guests included representatives of Queensland State Government, over 100 local businesses who had contributed to the Daniel House project and friends and supporters of the Morcombe Family and Foundation.
Daniel House is now the Foundation’s National Office and includes the “Walk Tall” Program which offers free counselling services for child survivors of crime.
Denise said “We will be delivering free Child Counselling for the youngsters that have had a start to life that is not right in a modern Australia. Repairing these damaged lives and setting them on a path that will see them flourish is just so rewarding. This service is not just in Palmwoods but also reaches from Gympie to Caboolture.”
Bruce said “We have so much opportunity to make a very real difference in saving young lives. We can now provide in-house film recording and online webinars. Modern, best practice, evidence based, responsive, effective, meaningful and engaging child safety education can be delivered in a very cost effect way right here, on-sight.’
Based on the Sunshine Coast, Daniel House will continue to deliver its’ Keeping Kids Safe programs and resources and coordinate Australia’s Largest National Day of Action on child safety awareness Day for Daniel.
Bruce said “Daniel’s final resting place is just a few hundred meters from our ceremony this morning. Palmwoods has been, is and will continue to be the emotional heart of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.”
The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build. Over 100 local businesses from the Sunshine Coast have been very generous in contributing approximately $500,000 to the project making this a strong community project.
Minister Farmer said she was honoured to join with Bruce and Denise for the Daniel House opening and to provide State Government funding towards its construction.
“I know this beautiful building and the ongoing work of the foundation will be a lasting legacy to Daniel,” she said.
“Bruce and Denise and all those involved in the Foundation should be rightly proud of the space they have created here and of their ongoing commitment to keeping our children safe.
“I look forward to hearing more about the great work that will be undertaken here.”
Holly Brennan, CEO of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation said “It is a privilege to have a home. A home that has been built by community to help children across Australia to grow up free from abuse. Daniel House will honour Daniel’s legacy. We will work every day to prevent and respond to child abuse from our new hub.”
What: Grand Opening Daniel House
When: Friday February 15th
Time: 8.45am for Interviews and grabs with Bruce, Denise. the Hon. Di Farmer,
Holly Brennan CEO
9.00am Tour of Daniel House vision
9.30am Grand Opening Ceremony commences
There will be no interviews/grabs available from Bruce and Denise after the Grand Opening Ceremony.
Where: 7 Koorawatha Lane, Palmwoods
Bruce and Denise Morcombe
The Hon. Di Farmer Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.
Holly Brennan CEO Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Mobile 0420 300 737