Bruce and Denise Morcombe with Cowboys Johnathon Thurston and Kalifa Faifai Loa and students at Ryan Catholic College.
Bruce and Denise Morcombe with Cowboys Johnathon Thurston and Kalifa Faifai Loa and students at Ryan Catholic College. Contributed

Thurston supports the Morcombes

STATE of Origin superstar Johnathon Thurston will show his support for the Daniel Morcombe Foundation by wearing red headgear in tomorrow night's NRL match.

The two-time Dally M winner will sign and donate the Madison brand gear to the foundation for use as a fundraiser after the clash in Townsville with the Gold Coast Titans.

Daniel was wearing a red T-shirt when he disappeared while waiting for a bus at a Woombye overpass in December 2003.

His parents, Bruce and Denise Morcombe, met Cowboys co-captain Thurston and winger Kalifa Faifai Loa at Ryan Catholic College yesterday.

Thurston said the Morcombe family was in Townsville sending messages to students about child safety and victims of crime.

"It is a great cause (the foundation)," he said.

"I don't have children. I can't imagine what they've (Morcombes) been through.

"What they are doing with his name and honour is raising awareness to children of all ages about child safety and everything.

"Just to have my association with the foundation, doing my part on Saturday and hopefully raise a bit for money for it, I gladly put my support behind it."

Bruce Morcombe said during their visit to North Queensland they had used the Cowboys as a way of relating to the region's students.

"If we mention the Cowboys when we begin our talks, we receive a great response," he said.

The Morcombes will watch the match as special guests of Cowboys chief executive officer Peter Jourdain and the stadium ballboys will be kitted out in Daniel Morcombe Foundation shirts and caps.


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