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Monday, May 23, 2011

SL ARTS & LITERATURE: Artists and Authors Gather To Raise Awareness May 25th – International Missing Children Day

Every day, every year children become victims of crimes at the hands of those who should be caring for them, at the hands of strangers, or in the midst of fleeing from one perceived evil they stray into the hands of another that injures them, or even may cause their death.  International Missing Children’s Day is a worldwide annual event to raise awareness and provide information on these issues as well as to provide links for further information and help. International Missing Children's Day is celebrated on May 25, the same day as the United States' National Missing Children's Day designated by Ronald Reagan in 1983.

On May 25th, artists, musicians, and authors will gather in in Second Life® at the Garden for Change to commemorate this day in the virtual world - promoting awareness and advocacy in a multi-national, multi-lingual effort.

In Germany according to BKA there are currently 1,700 children missing permanently.  According to Missing Children Europe in the UK  it is estimated that 140,000 cases of missing children are reported annually (383/day). In Belgium Missing Children Europe’s member Child Focus opens an average of 4 new cases a day.  In the United States it is estimated that of 621 child abductions which ended in murder, 44% of the children were killed within the first hours, 74% were killed within 3 hours and 91% within 24 hours after the disappearance.

In 2010, International Missing Children’s Day was commemorated in Australia, Canada, Brazil, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Romania, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom  who are part of the Global Missing Children’s Network (GMCN), a program of the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children, which recognizes the need to collaborate on this complex issue on a global level. The program is supported by Motorola Foundation.

According to , participating countries released balloons displaying photos of missing children from around the world in the hope that someone, somewhere, will recognize them. Additional activities were also planned. Brazil hosted a one-day seminar followed by the release of balloons in Brasilia; the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) released their annual report on missing children, presented an AirCanada award to a law enforcement officer for extraordinary efforts to recover a missing child, and released balloons at the RCMP Visitor Centre in Ottawa; and the Dutch National Police visited local schools to talk to children about International Missing Children’s Day and to release 500 balloons.

Balloons were also released virtually at, an interactive portal developed by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) for the campaign. The AFP also created a powerful 30 second public service announcement, which was distributed throughout participating countries to drive people to the website for further information

Anneli Ulrik, Morgue McMillan, and Serene Bechir have brought together and impressive group of artists and creators willing to lend their support to raising awareness and stopping the loss of innocents.


Day Schedule: 9:00AM to 3:00PM SLT

Hosts: Anneli Ulrik (German), Morgue McMillan (English)

  • 9:00am : Welcome and “Anna is Lost”, a true telephone-case presented by Initiative Vermisste Kinder

  • 10:10am : poetry readings by Serene Bechir, Morgue McMillan, Klannex Northmead, DonJuan Writer, Ixmal Supermarine, Ingeborg Apfelbaum, Mathoni Zuhrah;  visual presentation: Aneli Abeyante; background music: James Corachea

  • 11:10am : Kinder(v)erziehung - a play by Kulturschaukel/MuenchenSL

  • 12:00pm : Dance in Light by junivers Stockholm and Medora Chevalier

  • 1:00pm : Dance show by Angelina Kitaj

  • 2:00pm : Brendan Shoreland

Daytime Event will also be broadcast on the web by ITS Media (German SL TV), URL TBA.

Evening Schedule: 5:00PM to 9:00PM SLT

Host: Serene Bechir (English)

  • 5:00 pm : Ballet Pixelle

  • 5:45 pm : (welcome and introductory comments recorded from morning show or live by Serene Bechir)

  • 6:00 pm : recorded presentation

  • 6:30 pm : poetry

  • 7:30 pm : pictures and music

  • 7:45 pm : information from Ronnie Rhode/Garden for the Missing

  • 8:00 pm : Cypress Rosewood

For more information please contact Anneli Ulrik/Initiative Vermisste Kinder, Serene Bechir or Morgue McMillan or visit their blog:

~ Caledonia Skytower, Reporting
“Any ink is good ink, even if it is virtual”


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