Bruce and Denise Morcombe surprised with $300,000 donation
28 April 2021
What started as a child safety lesson presented by Bruce and Denise Morcombe ended with an unexpected $300,000 donation towards their mission to keep kids safe.
Tabcorp’s Lotteries business The Lott by Golden Casket surprised the couple with the donation from unclaimed prize money this week while they were visiting our Brisbane office to share child safety tips with team members.
The money will help the Daniel Morcombe Foundation – founded by Bruce and Denise following the tragic abduction and murder of their son Daniel in 2003 - continue its important work in child safety education.
“Through the tireless efforts of Bruce and Denise Morcombe, Australian children and their families have a stronger understanding of what they can do to stay safe,” The Lott General Manager Andrew Shepherd said.
“As Bruce and Denise themselves have said, we can’t child-proof the world, but we can world-proof our children.
“Through important community initiatives such as Day for Daniel, Safe Bedrooms, and Australia’s Biggest Child Safety Lesson, along with a growing number of resources for children, parents, carers and educators, the Daniel Morcombe Foundation is bolstering our children’s safety net.
“Australia’s official lotteries have a long history of contributing to causes that support healthy and happy communities, and we’re privileged to be able to support the Daniel Morcombe Foundation and its vital work.”
Bruce and Denise said they were “happily stunned” by the donation.
“We have a strong vision for child safety in Australia. We believe the time is right to move the goalposts and achieve the best outcomes protecting children from abuse and harm,” Bruce said.
“Last year, the Foundation’s National Day of Action on child safety education and awareness – Day for Daniel – reached more people than ever before, supporting children to recognise, react and report.”
Denise added: “Thanks to donations such as this, we want to make a real impact by providing our education, protection and support so all children are safe from abuse and risk of harm.”