Students at Ipswich Grammar junior school wore red yesterday as part of the Day for Daniel.
Students at Ipswich Grammar junior school wore red yesterday as part of the Day for Daniel. Rob Williams

City turns red for Daniel

RED was Ipswich's favourite colour yesterday, when thousands of people supported this year's Day for Daniel campaign by donning red and rallying together in schools and around town.

Hundreds of people turned out to march in Ipswich's inaugural Day for Daniel walk around the Ipswich City Mall and dozens of schools observed the day.

Ipswich District Crime Prevention Unit's Sergeant Nadine Webster said the day was symbolically important.

"This is Ipswich's way of supporting the Morcombes in what they're doing for personal safety," Sgt Webster said.

Sgt Webster said that it was important for children to have a personal safety strategy.

"Children need to look for early warning signs, and go straight to a trusted adult or yell if necessary if they ever feel unsafe," she said.

Councillor Victor Attwood said this year's event was particularly resonant.

"The day has been galvanised by the discovery of Daniel's remains," Cr Attwood said.

Cr Attwood said he was proud that Ipswich was backing the event, now in its sixth year nationally.

The march was led by two police horses sporting red ribbons round their necks, which were followed by a police dog and participants from playgroups, schools, police, community groups, and the general community.

Ipswich State High School and Ipswich Grammar School were among many schools that also supported the campaign.

ISHS principal Simon Riley said the day was relevant to his students.

"We're always reminding students to be safe, especially on Twitter, Facebook and phones," Mr Riley said.

IGS's junior school ran a week of Day for Daniel events, and even hosted the Morcombes last week.

All money raised from the day will go to the Daniel Morcombe Foundation, which educates children about personal safety.

Daniel disappeared from the Sunshine Coast in 2003, and this year charges were laid for his murder and his remains found.



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