Morcombes say thanks
BRUCE and Denise Morcombe, the parents of murdered Sunshine Coast teenager Daniel Morcombe, said thank you to the Gympie karting community on Sunday.
The couple made the trip north from the Sunshine Coast to collect the $8000 raised by the Cooloola Kart Club from the Harrington Doyle Racing Race for Daniel held last month.
The Morcombes were gracious in accepting the substantial donation.
In front of a packed grid, before the drivers briefing at Sunday's club championship, Bruce thanked all involved.
He said the money would go toward educating children in schools about stranger danger and helping teenagers who had been victims of crime.
Before the presentation Bruce spoke to The Gympie Times.
He said he and Denise had just returned from a tour of schools around Bundaberg and Gayndah spreading the stranger danger message.
He said the couple was committed to getting the message to as many students as possible and had linked up with Education Queensland.
The Morcombes said another wonderful thing the Daniel Morcombe Foundation did - and didn't get much publicity for because of privacy constraints - was its help for the victims of crime.
Bruce said it was a way the foundation could help people and see immediate effects.
He and Denise had just received a Christmas card and a donation from the first victim they ever helped.
That person now had a job in the mines.
They said it was great feeling to make a difference in someone's life.
Cooloola Kart Club spokeswoman Kym Coomber said it was great to be able to give the $8000 to such a worthy foundation.
"Everything went really well," Coomber said.
"Bruce and Denise stayed around and met a few drivers and officials involved in the day.
"Denise indicated she would love to have a go in a go-kart.
"I told her we could organise a day for her without the press around."
Coomber said since the club had finalised the Race for Daniel Day, it could now start promoting the Rotax Pro Tour round being held in Gympie late in the year.