International Missing Children's Day - 25th May 2009
International Missing Children's Day is to be held on 25th May 2009.
The main purpose of International Missing Children's Day (IMCD) is to encourage everyone to remember all the children missing, not just in the UK, but worldwide. It is important that we send a message of solidarity at an international level to parents who do not know where their children are or what has become of them.
Missing Children's Day was first recognised in the USA following the disappearance of 6 year old Etan Patz on 25th May 1979 who was last seen on a street corner in New York on his way to school. The National Missing Children's Day was first declared by President Ronald Reagan and has been recognised by every US government since and it is now recognised internationally.
The UK Missing Persons Bureau are co-ordinating with the other member countries of the Global Missing Children's Network to recognise IMCD and will be holding an event on the South Bank in London to raise awareness of the day.
There will be a number of events planned on and around this day. Additional information is available here Please encourage everyone you know to wear a forget-me-not badge, ribbon or wrist band on the day to promote IMCD. Proceeds will go to our two nominated charities Railway Children and Forever Searching. Tesco stores will also be supporting this initiative.
The forget-me-not badges, ribbons and wristbands are available from our nominated charities above, all NPIA site receptions or can be purchased from the customer service desks at all Tesco Superstores and Tesco Extra Stores in the UK from Monday 18th May 2009.
The five UK missing children featured in this years International Missing Children's Day
Information on global events