THE Morcombe family were in different parts of the country yesterday, but their minds were all focused on the same thing.

Yesterday marked 11 years to the day Daniel Morcombe was taken from beneath the Kiel Mountain Rd overpass, indecently touched and killed, his body dumped in the Glasshouse Mountains.

The story of the little boy in the red t-shirt gripped and pulled at the heart strings of the nation throughout those years.

Yesterday twin brother Brad was on the Sunshine Coast, older brother Dean was working in central New South Wales and parents Bruce and Denise were in Tasmania.

"While we are physically in different places, our minds are not distracted with the relevance of the day," Mr Morcombe said.

Daniel's killer, Brett Peter Cowan, is appealing his sentence but the Morcombe family are continuing to work tirelessly to prevent future tragedies by educating students, parents and teachers around the country with their child safety message.

It has been almost 10 years since the Daniel Morcombe Foundation was formed and next year will mark the 10th annual Dance for Daniel and Walk for Daniel - events which have become entrenched in the Sunshine Coast calendar.

Their post to the foundation's Facebook page recorded 100,000 hits every hour yesterday with hundreds of people writing heartfelt messages to the family.

Cath Bayliss said the Morcombes were saving lives around the country with their safety drive. "You are educating kids who will grow up and educate others. Bless you both," she wrote.

The Daniel Morcombe Child Safety curriculum has been rolled out within Queensland and the Morcombes plan to work hard to ensure it reached schools across the nation next year.

The first Australian public sex offender's register, the Northern Territory Bill called Daniel's Law, is on track to become legislation in the first half of 2015.

"Obviously we will be gauging the success of that and if it all goes well, we would like that rolled out nationally as well," Mr Morcombe said.

He said there was no doubt people were now more conscious of child safety issues and their key message - Recognise, React and Report - was hitting home.

"I have no doubt in the world that parents, and grandparents for that matter, are clearly more observant," he said.

"We have spent a week or so in Tasmania and so many people have come up to us and shaken our hand and said 'Keep up the good work'. We are a long way from Queensland and the message has certainly spread throughout the country.

"It sends a loud and clear message to predators not to go down that path as they won't get away with it, they will get caught."

 


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