Green Ribbon Day
In 1986, the Solicitor General of Canada declared May 25th to be National Missing Children’s Day in Canada. Each May, Child Find hosts the Green Ribbon of Hope campaign. During the month of May, community members are asked to show their support and concern for the issue of missing children by prominently wearing a green ribbon. Proceeds generated by the campaign enable Child Find BC to continue its mandate of assisting in the search process for missing children and the education of children and adults about child safety.
On May 25th, the Green Ribbon of Hope is recognized as a symbol to help remember missing children and to seek their safe return. It is also used as an expression of our thoughts for missing children, their families and friends. Activities carried out during the month include fingerprinting clinics and various community fundraisers.
The concept of the Green Ribbon of Hope was originated by the students and faculty of Holy Cross Secondary School in St. Catherine’s, Ontario, following the abduction and subsequent murder of 15 year old Kristen French. Her classmates came to Child Find to ask us to develop a legacy for Kristen and all missing children in Canada.
“Green is the colour of hope. It symbolizes light in the darkness and is an expression of our thoughts for missing children, their families and friends.”
National Missing Children’s Day
Early one morning, a little boy by the name of Etan Patz grabbed his school books, donned his Future Flight Captain’s Cap and gave his mother a goodbye kiss before leaving to catch the bus to school. The sight of her blonde-haired, blue-eyed son playfully making his way up Prince Street in New York, New York was to be Julia’s last. He was six years old.
Etan’s disappearance, still unsolved, is just one of many horrifying stories of children who seemingly vanish without a trace. For the families of these children, the years can go by without any answers and hope begins to fade. That’s why the anniversary of Etan’s disappearance. May 25, has been named National Missing Children’s Day in recognition of all missing children. Throughout Canada and the USA, it is a special day, symbolic of renewed hope and rememberance of those still missing.
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