Bruce and Denise Morcombe OAM
Founders of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation
Bruce and Denise Morcombe established the Daniel Morcombe Foundation in 2005. The foundation is committed to educating children about personal safety and raising awareness for their protection, following the tragic loss of their son in 2003.
Among the foundation’s achievements is the Day for Daniel, a national day of action to educate children about personal safety.
The foundation also provides financial support to grieving or suffering children. This financial support can be used for items such as school fees and uniforms, sporting equipment, computers, holidays, books or counselling.
Committed to educating children, the foundation produces a safety DVD, Foundation Red, which offers a simple and practical blueprint for all children and parents to incorporate into their daily lives. Over 35,000 copies have been distributed for free across Australia and overseas.
In 2012, the foundation developed the ‘Help Me’ emergency phone app. Covering all kinds of personal emergency situations, the 'Help Me' button sends an emergency text with GPS location details to two nominated mobile numbers and has a number of other unique features including safety tips and note filing.
On behalf of the foundation, Bruce and Denise speak at schools, community gatherings and public events. The foundation, in conjunction with Education Queensland, has launched the Daniel Morcombe Child Safety Curriculum for Prep to Year 9. The curriculum is currently being introduced to all Queensland schools and aims to teach children about personal safety and awareness, including cyber safety and phone safety.
Bruce and Denise won the Queensland Australian of the Year Award in 2012 and in 2013 received an Order of Australia Medal.