Missing Children Society of Canada's
'Light The Way Home' Campaign
For Immediate Release
March 21, 2005
Missing Children Society of Canada: On May 25, 1979 six-year old
Etan Patz kissed his mother goodbye and left to catch his school
bus just two blocks from his New York City home. In those few moments
it should have taken Etan to walk the remaining block, he disappeared.
He has never been found.
In commemoration of all missing children, the anniversary of Etan's
disappearance on May 25 was designated as National Missing Children's
Day across America in 1983. Canada followed suit in 1986, declaring
May 25 as National Missing Children's Day.
Light the Way Home
The Missing Children Society of Canada marks National Missing Children's
Day each year through its "Light the Way Home" awareness
campaign, which includes a national door to door campaign and fundraising
events (for details see www.mcsc.ca
Twenty-six years after Etan's disappearance, we remember him and
all missing children by encouraging Canadians to turn on their porch
lights the evening of May 25, to help light the way home. For the
families of missing children a porch light shining brightly throughout
the evening on National Missing Children's Day signifies the hope
we all share for the safe return of their children.
In 2004 over 67,000 cases of children under the age of 18 were
reported missing in Canada.
The Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) is a registered non-profit
organization dedicated to the search for abducted and runaway children.
MCSC provides a comprehensive investigative program called Project:
Reunite, free of charge, to assist police and searching parents
in the active ongoing search for missing children.
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For more information about the Missing Children Society of Canada
please visit www.mcsc.ca or contact:
Director of Public Relations
Missing Children Society of Canada
Toll Free: 1-800-661-6160
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