parents of Madeleine McCann will join families of
other vanished youngsters today to mark
International Missing Children's Day.
Kate and Gerry
McCann will attend an event on London's South Bank
to publicise the plight of the mothers and fathers
left wondering what happened to their children many
years after their disappearance.
The couple, from
Leicestershire, England, recently marked the second
anniversary of their daughter Madeleine going
missing from their holiday flat in Praia da Luz,
southern Portugal, on May 3, 2007, just days before
her fourth birthday.
Also taking part
in the event will be the mother and sister of
Katrice Lee, who was two when she disappeared from a
Naafi shopping complex in Paderborn, Germany, on
November 28, 1981.
Katrice's sister, will make a speech and read a
There will also be
speeches from ChildLine founder Esther Rantzen,
chief constable Peter Neyroud, chief executive of
the National Policing Improvement Agency, and Andy
McCullough, from runaway children's charity, Railway
the faces of missing children will be displayed at
the event, which is hosted by the National Policing
The event will
also highlight today's launch of a 'forget-me-not'
campaign to help bring missing children home.
Parents & Abducted
Children Together (Pact) is working with Tesco on
the campaign, which is selling forget-me-not
ribbons, badges and wrist bands to raise funds and
It will also
display posters of missing children and link its
Catherine Meyer, said: "It is vitally important to
increase public awareness of the problem of missing
children if effective action is to be taken.
"Our ability to
tackle the dreadful statistics -- some 100,000
children missing every year -- is hampered by lack
"From why children
go missing in the first place, to what happens to
them next -- our information is incomplete and
co-ordination between the police, NGOs and private
sector could be much, much better."
director, Lucy Neville-Rolfe, said: "Tesco have been
supporting this important cause since 2002, by
putting up posters in our stores. This raises
visibility of missing children with millions of
customers every week.
"This year we are
also helping the campaign by selling forget-me-not
badges, wristbands and ribbons in our larger stores,
hoping that together we can find more missing
- Sam Marsden