Denise Morcombe smiles at the start of their Child Safety road trip of Queensland at Woombye State Primary School.
Denise Morcombe smiles at the start of their Child Safety road trip of Queensland at Woombye State Primary School. Cade Mooney

Dance for Daniel marks long journey for Morcombes

TEN years, two months and 13 days after Bruce and Denise Morcombe's little boy went missing, one word changed everything.

"Guilty."

This has been a landmark year for the family, particularly when a jury found Brett Peter Cowan guilty of murdering Daniel Morcombe.

With the long days and even longer nights of the killer's trial behind them, Mr and Mrs Morcombe and their supporters are looking forward to celebrating the achievements of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

The ninth annual Dance for Daniel is on again on Saturday to help the foundation continue its work in child safety and to celebrate the past 12 months.

Tickets for the event at Caloundra RSL sold out within days. Support for the couple and the foundation has risen to new highs this year.

The dance was moved from its usual March date to June because of the trial.

The Dance for Daniel is a chance for volunteers to let their hair down and long-time supporters to enjoy a fun, formal evening.This year's auction has attracted 44 donated prizes to be bid on in silent and live auctions.

From tickets to the television show The Voice grand final to sporting memorabilia and a chance to have Olympic gold medallist Steven Bradbury speak at a local event, the prizes are varied and many are unique.

"All our prizes are donated and this event really does rely on community support to come together," Dance for Daniel event manager Tracey McAsey said.

"It is all about celebrating the year that was and the achievements of the foundation.

"This is also a good opportunity for Bruce and Denise to speak to the regular ongoing supporters of the foundation.

"It's certainly been a big year for them."

Buderim artist Kendall has captured the beauty of the newly released Daniel Morcombe rose in her painting Roses are Red.

Using her signature love of colour and flair, Kendall has recreated the roses in a vase surrounded by plenty of vibrant shades.

"I have been involved with the Daniel Morcombe Foundation since the very first auction because I am a big believer in what they do," Kendall said.

"I thought the roses would be perfect for this piece because they are new this year and I wanted to be able to create something elegant and something that would appeal to a lot of people."

Auction items

Four tickets to The Voice grand final

Sunshine Coast Daily $5000 advertising package

Kendall art piece, Roses are Red

Sunshine Coast Turf Club package voucher

Sporting memorabilia

Steven Bradbury motivational speaking session voucher


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