St Joey’s students share why they support Day for Daniel
ST JOSEPH’S Catholic Primary students, Abi Hyde and Breana Cookson both know the feeling of fear and confusion after losing sight of their parents and being approached by a stranger.
And they want to warn other children what to do if they’re ever caught in a similar situation.
Two years ago when she was just nine-years-old Abi was walking her dog down the nature strip in Warra before she was approached by two strangers in a car who stopped to ask her if she wanted a ride home.
“It was a little scary because I didn’t know who they were and what they were going to do,” she said.
“I just said no, I’m almost home and they said OK and drove off.
“I also made sure I told mum when I got home.”
Her schoolmate Breana had a frantic encounter when she was in Big W in Toowoomba and suddenly lost her mother in the aisles.
Her instant reaction was to go to the front of store and see if mum was there.
However instead of finding her mother she was confronted by a strange man.
“I lost sight of mum so I walked out of the shop to see if she was outside,” she said.
“A man then approached me and said are you OK? Do you want me to come with you? What’s your name and phone number?
“Mum always taught me if I ever lost her to go the front on the store and find a staff member with a badge on to announce it over the loud speaker.
“This guy didn’t have a badge so I just went back in the shop and found mum.”
After experiencing these confronting ordeals the girls have gained a real passion for educating
other children and helping them stay safe.
Along their other school friend, Bronte Byrne, the trio have come together raised more than $11,000 for the Daniel Morecombe foundation since the start of term four.
Last week St Joesph’s held a day for Daniel to raise additional funds with the whole school coming out in full force in their red outfits.
The day started with a child safety workshop in which the students were given several practical ways on how to stay safe in physical and online environments.
Then students participated in a red obstacle course while saying three important words taught by the foundation: recognise, react and report.
To learn more about the Daniel Morcombe foundation and how to teach your children to recognise they may be in touble and how to react, visit the website here.