Hundreds of people have turned out on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast to remember murdered school boy Daniel Morcombe.
It has almost 10 years since the 13-year-old teenager disappeared while waiting for a bus at Woombye to go Christmas shopping.
More than 1,000 schools across Australia are involved in today’s national ‘Day for Daniel’ activities, which aim to to raise awareness of child safety.
A sea of people wearing red took to the streets on the Sunshine Coast, with Mr Morcombe saying it is important people learn from what happened to his son.
“We want children right around the country to appreciate that Daniel was a real boy, just like them,” he said.
“No longer can they think crimes against them or their friends don’t just happen to people on the other side of the world – it can happen to anybody, anywhere, anytime, perhaps just like Daniel.”
Mr Morcombe says the ‘Day for Daniel’ is about educating children and adults about keeping kids safe.
Daniel’s remains were only buried at the end of last year after a massive police hunt.
Mr Morcombe says it will emotional walking past the cemetery where his son has finally been laid to rest.
“Everybody that participates in the walk, as they walk down that footpath, down the hill towards the Palmwoods shops, they’ll be aware that just across the road halfway down, they do pass the Woombye cemetery and that is Daniel’s final resting place,” he said.
“I think people will just silently reflect on that as they walk past.”
A pre-trial hearing begins next month for the man accused of Daniel Morcombe’s abduction and murder.