It’s a much-loved Sunshine Coast organisation that does incredible work in our local community and around the country, so it’s not surprising that 80 local businesses came together to contribute materials and services to help build Daniel House, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s soon-to-be administrative hub. And they are almost done – the team that is building Daniel House is in the process of putting the finishing touches on the structure, which is set to have its grand opening on February 15.
As well as being home to the foundation’s administration centre and national office, the group will also run its Walk Tall program from Daniel House. Walk Tall offers free counselling services for survivors of crime. The foundation will also continue to deliver its Keeping Kids Safe programs and resources and co-ordinate Australia’s largest national day of action on child safety awareness, Day for Daniel.
The State Government provided $900,000 in funding to help complete the build. Sunshine Coast businesses have also been generous in contributing about $500,000 to the project, while individuals and community groups have also contributed through the House for Daniel Buy a Brick Campaign, which ran through September last year.
“Hats off to everyone. This is outstanding and a huge motivator for us to continue to deliver on the foundation’s aims,” says Bruce Morcombe.
“We are honoured that the local building community has joined with us to help make Australia and the Sunshine Coast a safer place for all children,” adds Daniel Morcombe Foundation CEO Holly Brennan.
“Child safety is everyone’s business and the Coast really takes that pledge to heart.”
The vision of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is to create a future where all children and young people receive education, protection and support to be safe from abuse and harm. The foundation has delivered education to more than 260,000 students across Queensland and visited more than 1000 schools and communities around the country.
There are a number of ways the community and local businesses can help the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. Go to danielmorcombe.com.au to find out how.