RED-TIE ROCK: Daniel Morcombe’s twin brother Dean (right and top left) performs with his band, Holistic, at the Family Day Out at Kings Beach, Caloundra.
RED-TIE ROCK: Daniel Morcombe’s twin brother Dean (right and top left) performs with his band, Holistic, at the Family Day Out at Kings Beach, Caloundra. Brett Wortman

Dean dons red for Daniel

ON A stage full of black-clad musicians, Dean Morcombe's red tie made a statement.

Red has become the signature colour of the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.

People of all ages bopped to a thundering drum beat as Dean's five-piece heavy metal band, Holistic, performed at Family Day Out at Kings Beach yesterday.

The inaugural event, a DMF initiative, was aimed at educating people of all ages about child protection, harm prevention and safety.

Despite lashings of rain and a chilling wind, hundreds of people attended the free event, which was a fitting end to the Caloundra Fringe Festival.

The serious nature of the event's message was offset by live entertainment, food stalls, an animal farm, jumping castle and circus performances.

With Laurie Lawrence and Terri, Bindi and Robert Irwin, and a grand finale performance by The Voice star Darren Percival, the Family Day Out was a star-spotter's dream.

Daniel's parents Bruce and Denise took time out to watch Dean's band perform live for the first time since its reinvention as Holistic.

Bruce said the success of Family Day Out in terrible weather meant a typical spring day could bring out much bigger numbers.

"This is an event we can build on,'' he said.



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