March 29, 2018
The Last Word – Bruce & Denise Morcombe
Dedicated and passionate child safety advocates, Bruce and Denise Morcombe were named the 2018 Sunshine Coast Australia Day Awards Citizens of the Year. Bruce and Denise suffered every parent’s worst nightmare in 2003 when they lost their son, Daniel, in devastating circumstances and have worked tirelessly since then to help prevent other families from ever having to endure what they went through. As a legacy to Daniel and in honour of his memory, Bruce and Denise founded the Daniel Morcombe Foundation to assist educators and parents in the education of children about their personal safety, assist young victims of crime and empower people to make their local communities safer for children.
Profile: Where were you born?
Denise: Melbourne, Victoria.
Bruce: Adelaide, South Australia.
Profile: What brought you to the Sunshine Coast?
Bruce: We relocated from Melbourne in May 1994, seeking a more relaxed family lifestyle. We wanted to bring up our three young children in a place where people holidayed.
Profile: What do you love most about the Sunshine Coast?
Denise: Friendly people, great bushwalks and beaches. Fantastic weather in the winter months.
Bruce: It is compact, friendly, with the opportunity to succeed if you are prepared to work hard. Of course the weather and beaches and hinterland countryside are its recognised strong suit.
Profile: What are you currently reading?
Denise: I don’t have much time to read but my last book was, Spot visits his grandparents (with our young grandson, Winston).
Profile: What is the first you do in the morning?
Denise: Read the paper then go for a 5km walk.
Bruce: Coffee, check emails, diary, newspapers.
Profile: What is your special talent?
Denise: I am very trustworthy and loyal. I would do anything to assist my family and I am also very determined, if I have a plan I will make sure I stick to it until I achieve it.
Bruce: Able to stay calm yet focused, being creative and looking beyond the obvious. Fighting for what I believe in, staying strong to the cause and never giving up.
Profile: What is the quality you admire most in people?
Denise: Someone who can delegate, get the job done on time without raising a sweat, that is a real talent.
Bruce: Remembering people’s names and some people are naturally gifted public speakers.
Profile: If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Denise: Twitch my nose and magically appear in my next location, as travelling is very time consuming.
Bruce: Go back in time.