Prisoners learn from Denise
DENISE Morcombe again has demonstrated the courage and spirit that have endeared her to children - and adults - all over Australia.
Already famous for teaching children in schools about stranger danger, Mrs Morcombe yesterday took her message behind bars.
The Australian of the Year nominee had accepted an invitation to speak to a group of female prisoners at Brisbane Women's Correctional Centre.
The mother of murdered Palmwoods boy Daniel, Mrs Morcombe shared her heartbreak with women who are serving time for violent assault, fraud, drug offences and murder.
Mrs Morcombe said she was surprised but willing to accept the invitation to speak to these women because "everyone can benefit from hearing about repercussions of crime".
Kay McGrath, from 7 News, accompanied Mrs Morcombe yesterday with a TV crew and filmed the visit for a moving report screened on 7 News last night.
"We all come from different backgrounds, all have different skills and all of us here today have different stories to tell," Mrs Morcombe told her prison audience.
"It's easy to be angry but the challenge here is to wake up each day and get on with the job of being the best we can.
"No matter how hard it is to move on from our tragedies and hurt, we have to say 'today I'm going to make a difference'."
The correctional centre's general manager Kate Holman said many of the women in the audience were mothers themselves and acutely felt the Morcombes' pain at the violent death of their son.
The group of prisoners even raised $2000 for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.
One of the prisoners, 24-year-old Lilly, who is almost at the end of a four-year-sentence, told 7 News how she had been encouraged by Mrs Morcombe's visit.
"Today's made me feel like I need a change ... there's a lot of things I need to change," she said.
After the presentation, Mrs Morcombe told 7 News of the warm reception the prisoners gave her.
"Initially I thought I would be uncomfortable but I had a great reception," Mrs Morcombe told 7 News.