Ferny Grove State School and Officers Walk for “Daniel”

Photo credit: The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au

Ferny Grove State School students and Adopt-a-Cop Senior Constable Wanda Beckett participated in the annual “Walk For Daniel.”

For 10 years now, Ferny Grove State School has been taking part in the annual march in honour of Daniel Morcombe. Daniel was a 13-year-old boy whose life tragically ended after he was abducted on 7 December 2003 whilst on his way to buy Christmas presents for his family.

His parents Bruce and Denise established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as their way of thanking the community for their support. Today, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is one of the most well-known not-for-profit organisations advocating child safety in Australia.

Every year on the last Friday in October, thousands of people gather and walk donning their red shirts to symbolise child safety awareness —  Daniel was wearing a red T-shirt when he went missing.  

Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson 2019
Video Credit: Daniel Morcombe Foundation Inc / YouTube
Photo credit: The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au
Photo credit: The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au
Photo credit: The State of Queensland (Queensland Police Service) 2019 / mypolice.qld.gov.au

“After a walk around the school in a sea of red, student councillors shared messages of child safety and Detective Sergeant Frank Jefferies of the Ferny Grove CPIU spoke to the students to reinforce the three R’s of safety – Recognise, React and Report,” Senior Constable Ricky Blanckensee said.

“This event is so important in supporting the spread of child safety messages in the community, with positive safety conversations as well as honouring the memory of Daniel Morcombe.”

Also present in the event was Inner West Road Policing Unit (RPU), Ferny Grove Child Protection and Investigation Unit (CPIU), and Officer in Charge of Ferny Grove Police Station Senior Sergeant Jeannie Murray