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"You know you never get in the car with
a stranger, so if they don't know the
password, no-go ! " Bruce said.
Having already tr avelled to more than
400 schools, Denise spoke about schools
in small towns and said vigilance is key,
especially when a lot of the kids in small
towns think they're safe and the parents
think they're safe also. "We're teaching
children to recognise an unsafe situation;
you need to r eact by removing your self and
going to a safe location and repor t what
happened to you to an adult in your safety
network," Denise said.
The Morcombe Foundation sees its role in
the community as assisting educator s and
parents in the education of children about
their per sonal safety.
The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety
Curriculum has been mapped to the
National Curriculum and recommended
Please visit danielmorcombe.com.au.
FROM SADNESS CAME POWER
TO CHANGE A NATION
It's a plain r ed shir t made recognisable for
the saddest of reasons , yet one which is
now wor n to honour the life of a 13 year-
old boy whose disappearance captured the
attention of our nation.
Daniel Morcombe was last seen wearing
a red shir t whilst waiting for a bus in
Woombye, Queensland, before he was
abducted in 2003. The red shir t became
a symbol of hope as his parents, Bruce
and Denise, campaigned tirelessly with
Queensland police to ensure the nation
didn't stop looking for their son. In March,
2014, after an excr uciating 11-year search,
clues into Daniel's disappearance finally
led police to the truth, and ultimately,
the conviction of Daniel's abductor
For Br uce and Denise, who had alr eady
established The Daniel Morcombe
Foundation, their red symbol of hope began
to take on a new meaning: child safety. They
have committed themselves to ensuring
children all across Austr alia become ver y
familiar with it.
Bruce and Denise are cur rently touring
Australia in a bright red tr uck to educate
primary and secondary school students
about child safety through their 'Keeping
Kids Safe' campaign. Recently the pair
ar rived at St Joseph's Primary School
Gloucester to speak about how to stay safe
in a physical and online environment. It wa s
a sea of red as staff, students and parents
wore red shir ts in honour of Daniel and
listened to Br uce and Denise talk about the
need to be vigilant where crimes against
children are concerned.
Teacher at St Joseph's, Lee Sullivan, arr anged
for the Morcombes to visit his school after
being inspired by hearing them speak in
Taree. "After I attended the workshop I
put in place many of the strategies with
my daughter. These are simple but highly
effective," Mr Sullivan said.
One of the "simple but effective" str ategies
Br uce spoke about included creating a family
password. He told the children "It's a very
simple thing to do. When you go home and
you're sitting around the dinner table, come
up with a family pa ssword together, that
only people at the family table know."
Br uce explained that sometimes Mum or
Dad might be r unning late to pick up the
kids from school or spor t, but children will
know not to get in a car with a stranger
or friend of the family unless they have
The community of St Joseph's Gloucester welcomed Bruce and Denise Morcombe.
CRAFTY LADIES MEET IN
Men's Sheds have become familiar facilities
and their members have contributed
significantly to the life of their communities
and to their own wellbeing. Rose Smith
of Kar uah recounts the origin of her local
Having always had a great love for cr aft of
one kind or another, and having had the
wonderful experience of belonging to a
group of friendly, cr afty ladies , I decided
to tr y something in our Myall Coast
parish community that might provide an
oppor tunity for women to get together
socially, have a cuppa and take par t in some
type of craft activity.
With the encour agement of parishioner s ,
Women's Shed was bor n! On the second
Tuesday of each month, some thir teen
women gather in Marian House to solve
the problems of the world, enjoy mor ning
tea and engage in some craft activity.
Transpor t is provided for those who need it
and the group is open to all, not restricted
to member s of our parish.
Some of the group are knitter s, some
crochet and some have not been exposed
to much cr aft at all, but all seem to enjoy
whatever we do.
We have tried china painting, cottage
cr afts, appliqué, card-making, beading and
Christmas decor ations, just to name a few
activities. We share idea s and patter ns and
enjoy lear ning new skills.
Member s of this group are among many
who knit soft toys, sew library bags and
suppor t, in a variety of ways, our annual
involvement in the Samaritans' Christmas
To produce something with your own
hands is a source of great satisfaction
and the need for companionship and the
oppor tunity to relax and have a good laugh
are vital to us all. Women's Shed provides
all this and more!
Val Hart, Judy Staples, Marcia Griffith, Jenny Semple, Catherine Saltwell and
Sr Margaret Valentine RSC.
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