Monday, 19 May 2014

Stephen Fry Gets Behind The Big Tweet for Missing Children and Child Rescue Alerts

The Big Tweet for Missing Children is now in its fourth year, and here at Missing People, we are hoping to make 2014’s campaign our most successful to date. 25 May marks International Missing Children’s Day and the launch of the Child Rescue Alert system - a nationwide initiative that will help to locate the most vulnerable missing children when there is a fear of imminent danger or death. 

The CRA will rely on the public to sign up so that they can be alerted when a vulnerable child is missing in their area, increasing the chances of that child being found. Stephen Fry, a long-term supporter and Benefactor of Missing People explains why the Big Tweet for Missing Children and the Child Rescue Alert system are so important:

“Do you know what you are going to be doing on Sunday 25 May? I do. I am going to be throwing my weight behind the charity Missing People’s ‘Big Tweet for Missing Children’ for the fourth year running.

“It is a very simple concept and there is simply no excuse not to get involved. Every half hour for 24 hours throughout International Missing Children’s Day, the charity will be posting Twitter appeals with the aim of finding missing children. By retweeting these appeals, we can all help extend the platform that might bring those children home. Circulating the details of these children through the social media site is such a simple, yet incredibly effective way to give the appeals as much coverage as possible. I was so impressed by how the world of Twitter responded last year – an incredible 58,000 retweets in one day. The result? Two missing children were found. Invaluable.

“This year, it is even more important than ever that we all get behind this initiative as The Big Tweet for Missing Children will provide a launch pad for a new Child Rescue Alert system (funded by the EU and the players of the People’s Postcode Lottery) which will facilitate nation-wide searches for abducted children within minutes.

“It is impossible to imagine the sheer panic and turmoil of realising your child is missing, but it is possible to perceive how desperately important it is that campaigns like those by Missing People have the furthest reach possible.  I hope that by doing my bit on this important day, I will encourage others to become a part of the campaign, making it more likely that these children will be found. I would urge you to do the same!”


If you would like to get involved in the Big Tweet, you can sign up for reminders on the day on our website, or simply follow us on twitter and look out for our appeals on 25 May! We would also urge you to sign up to the CRA system to be a part of this drastic step forward in locating vulnerable children in the UK.

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