Parents trek to teach safety

Bruceand Denise Morcombe speak on August 14 about the arrest of a man over their son’s murder.
Bruceand Denise Morcombe speak on August 14 about the arrest of a man over their son’s murder. Miranda Forster

THE PARENTS of missing teen Daniel Morcombe will visit Maryborough as part of a week-long 4000km trip to highlight child safety.

Daniel went missing in December 2003 from Woombye, near the Big Pineapple, sparking one of the biggest missing persons investigations seen in Australia.

Daniel's parents Denise and Bruce Morcombe will set out on their trek on September 4, starting at Kangaroo Point in Brisbane and travelling all the way to Cairns and back.

They will stop each day to speak to students from more than 20 schools, including St Mary's College in Maryborough, and give presentations teaching children how to stay safe.

Mr Morcombe said the trip would drill home the message that children and adults needed to be observant about unusual people or activities, and not to be afraid to follow up any suspicions.

He said he wanted children to leave home understanding the importance of safety, so they would return home at the end of the day.

The Morcombes' trip will coincide with Child Protection Week on September 4 to 10.

A 41-year-old man has been arrested and charged with the teen's murder.

A search is underway at Beerwah in an effort to find Daniel's body.

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