Polly Balsom of Missing People explains how people can help support International Missing Children's Day.
During the 24 hours of International Missing Children’s Day, we’ll be tweeting a different appeal for a missing child every 30 minutes. We ask the public and high profile supporters to share the appeals as part of The Big Tweet for Missing Children. The Big Tweet is reliant upon people retweeting appeals to raise awareness of missing children. Since last year’s tweetathon, 19 of the children featured in appeals have been found safe and well.
During the Big Tweet, we’ll also be asking supporters to help us reach more of the 140,000 children who go missing in the UK every year by downloading a new single. The song ‘I Hope’ was released by the Missing People Choir, made up of families and friends with missing loved ones, last week. ‘I Hope’ features stars such as Rick Astley, Chesney Hawkes and Lesley Garrett and has been supported by Royal Mail. All funds raised will go towards the charity’s new Find Every Child campaign.
In recent years, The Big Tweet has grown into a campaign that simultaneously raises awareness of the huge number of children missing in the UK and enables us to appeal for some of these children to a vast audience, either to ask for information or to reach out directly to the person who is missing, to tell them that we’re here for them 24/7, in confidence and without judgement.
Together we are hoping to change some lives with the Big Tweet, thanks to the power of Twitter.
Missing People will be running The Big Tweet from their Twitter handle @missingpeople for 24 hours from midnight on Wednesday 25 May. Follow the hashtag #FindEveryChild to find appeals or sign up for updates in advance at www.missingpeople.org.uk/bigtweet.
The Missing People Choir single ‘I Hope’ is available to download now via iTunes, Amazon and Google Play.