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The Very Special Addition To This Year's Day For Daniel

He was named after his late uncle and today baby Winston Daniel George Morcombe joined in the walk to remember Daniel Morcombe.

The three-month-old was dressed in red to honour the uncle he’ll never meet - the twin of his father Brad Morcombe.

Joined by a crowd dressed in red for the annual Day For Daniel on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, the event marked thirteen years since the teen first disappeared.

At the time, a 13-year-old Daniel was waiting at a bus stop on his way to the shops.

It was a trip he had made before. Sadly, this time it would be his last.

After a bus failed to stop for the boy with the piercing eyes, he was abducted by a convicted child sex offender.

It would take nearly eight years for Brett Cowan to come clean to an undercover officer and another two for him to be convicted for the murder of Daniel.

While he would go on to challenge the conviction twice, it was refused and Cowan remains in jail.

In December 2012 Bruce and Denise Morcombe were finally able to lay their son to rest after nearly a decade of pain and uncertainty.

Today, the 12th Annual Day for Daniel was supported by nearly 3000 schools across the country.

In doing so, the family hope to help educate not only children but the wider community about child safety and protection.

This year the Morcombes also called for an online public child sex offender register.

On the Daniel Morcombe Foundation’s website, they explain that a website would be the “sensible, responsible and modern approach”.

“We cannot continue to sit back and do nothing,” their site explains, before asking if people think it would be a good thing for Australia.

The family already have Senator Derryn Hinch on board.

Joining them at the end of the Walk For Daniel he told the crowd he would get the register through federal parliament.


It’s a tool Bruce thinks would have changed the way he and Denise would have raised their boys.

“Palmwoods was, and still is a small, safe community,” he explains on their website.

“It wasn't until after Daniel's disappearance that we became aware of an evil underbelly that exists everywhere.

“As responsible parents we would have educated our children about potential personal safety issues.”

He says the act of recognising the danger makes it real for children.

“We don't wish to scare anyone, especially children, but it will help them appreciate that they need to observe those basic safety messages,” he said.

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