Missing Children Society of Canada

Missing Children Society of Canada

May 19, 2009 13:57 ET

1 Child Reported Missing Every 9 Minutes in Canada

TOGETHER WE CAN LIGHT THE WAY HOME

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - May 19, 2009) - It is a staggering statistic: an average of 60,000 children are reported missing every year in Canada. That's the equivalent of 1 child every 9 minutes. The numbers are overwhelming - especially when you consider that every single missing child in that statistic has their own unique story. Every missing child has a frightened family, a heartbroken best friend, and a wounded community. Each year on May 25th, National Missing Children Day, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) offers a show of support for our missing children and their loved ones through the "Light the Way Home" campaign. On the evening of May 25th, MCSC is asking Canadians to turn on your porch lights and help "Light the Way Home" for our missing children.

"The Light the Way Home campaign is a simple but powerful way that all Canadians can show their support and empathy for the many searching families in our communities," said Marilyne Aalhus, Director of Development with MCSC. "Our porch lights shining brightly through the darkness on May 25th become a powerful symbol of the hope we all share for the safe return of missing children everywhere and provides assurance to searching families that their children are not forgotten."

The "Light the Way Home" campaign was first introduced in Canada in1995, to run in conjunction with National Missing Children Day, to help raise public awareness and involvement in the search for missing children in our country. "National Missing Children Day is a day of remembrance, and it is a day of renewed hope. Together, we can all make a small but meaningful gesture to show we remain committed to continuing the search," said Aalhus.

MCSC helps approximately 300 searching families every year and has assisted police in closing over 5,400 missing children cases since 1986. To learn more about MCSC, and to find information about the missing children across Canada, visit www.mcsc.ca. To set up an interview with MCSC, or a spokesfamily in your area, call Marilyne Aalhus at 1-800-661-6160.

Contact Information

  • Missing Children Society of Canada
    Marilyne Aalhus, Director of Development
    (403) 291-0705 or Toll Free: 1-800-661-6160
    Cell: (403) 862-5357
    (403) 291-9728 (FAX)
    Email: maalhus@mcsc.ca
    Website: www.mcsc.ca