Daniel Morcombe was 13 when he went missing in December 2004.
Daniel Morcombe was 13 when he went missing in December 2004.

Dish for Daniel: Favourite feed raises funds for foundation

EATING Daniel Morcombe's favourite dish, lasagne, at this year's Noosa International Food and Wine Festival will raise funds to help child abuse victims.

Festival organisers have chosen the Daniel Morcombe Foundation as its charity of choice for the event on May 16-19.

The foundation has been promoting child safety and helping young victims of crime since soon after Daniel, 13, was abducted while waiting for a bus at Woombye.

Daniel's mother Denise said the festival directors, headed by Noosa restaurateur Jim Berardo, had been "incredibly kind and sensitive" in supporting the foundation's involvement this year.

She said they had allowed volunteers to hand out child safety information, sell merchandise and accept donations at three prime locations at the festival.

Mrs Morcombe said those same volunteers would be rewarded further with "the opportunity to taste some of the finest cuisine in the world".

Festival organisers have also set up the special "Dish for Daniel" as a fundraising initiative. A holiday raffle will support the charity, too.

Daniel's father Bruce said the festival was a fantastic opportunity to inform a wide audience about DMF's work and raise valuable funds to drive child safety initiatives.

"Keeping kids safe through education and supporting young victims of crime are our priorities," Mr Morcombe said.

The foundation's "big red truck" will have prime position at the entrance to Lions Park, and there will be a marquee on the beach and an outlet in the festival village.

About 28,000 people visit Noosa's food and wine festival, which involves more than 200 prominent chefs, winemakers, and media and food personalities.



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