Short break for Morcombes before going back to school
DANIEL Morcombe's killer might be behind bars but his parents Bruce and Denise will never stop campaigning for child safety.
Brett Peter Cowan was sentenced to life, with a 20-year non-parole period, last Friday for murdering the 13-year-old schoolboy in 2003.
Over the past decade, Daniel's parents have poured thousands of dollars and countless hours into schools across the country to teach children how to be safe.
The Morcombes will continue their school visits from April 1 at Eudlo and Maleny State Schools and Stella Maris Catholic School at Maroochydore.
Support has been flowing into the Daniel Morcombe Foundation since last week, including 600 emails received since last Thursday.
A post on their Facebook page reached 1.3 million viewers and on Sunday 500,000 people visited their website.
"We truly have been inundated, it has been overwhelming," Bruce said.
After weathering an intense media storm following the verdict, the Morcombes are now taking a much-needed short break in Tasmania.
"Denise and I are just taking a couple of steps away from the foundation and everything, and are going away for a few days," Bruce said.
"We are hanging on with our fingernails."
Well-wishers are still visiting Daniel's memorial at the Woombye overpass where he was taken.
"We have been there a couple of times ourselves," Bruce said.
He was overwhelmed on one occasion to meet two families who had driven from Beaudesert and Brisbane.
"It is not just a 10-minute drive. These people have spent half a day or longer to come up here," he said.
"All the cards, teddy bears and plants and, the most touching, the drawings that have been done by children.
"It is a difficult subject for the parents to explain to their children when they are watching the news so they come as a family unit."
The foundation is working on a new DVD for National Child Protection Week in September.
People can help the foundation to continue its work by supporting 92.7 MIX FM's A Dollar for Daniel campaign tomorrow at at Sunshine Plaza, Kawana Shopping World, Noosa Civic Shopping Centre, Caloundra Stockland and Coles Nambour.
Donations can also be made at http://www.danielmorcombe.com.au/donations.