Day 274: 01/02/2008 Friday, Madeleine Beth McCann
01/02/2008 We have launched the new website layout today. I hope you all like it and we are sure that you fill find it much easier to navigate. The website was always envisaged as being the main portal to the find Madeleine campaign. If Madeleine remains missing and as the media attention drops then the website will be instrumental in keeping people up to date. As you will see a lot of work has gone in to extensively revising the content. Our whole family have unfortunately learnt an awful lot about the problems of missing and exploited children.
Our priority will always be to search for Madeleine and whoever abducted her. However we hope to work in coalition with the many excellent organisations in
Europe and further afield to
campaign for change. The first goal will be to get an EU wide child alert
system introduced with cooperation from all the relevant authorities and law
Sean and Amelie turned three today.
Sean and Amelie turned three today.
We hope and pray that they will never have another birthday without Madeleine here. Despite the circumstances they really enjoyed their birthday ?tea party? today. The twins love seeing all their extended family. There is no doubt that Sean and Amelie have made life for all of us a little more bearable over the last 9 months.
274 New Web Site Launched
Date Released: 01/02/2008 13:00:00
The newly designed web site for the Help to Find Madeleine Campaign has been launched today.
The purpose of the new site is to focus attention on the primary goal which remains to Find Madeleine McCann.
The fund have been working hard to design the site to make it more user friendly and easier to keep up to date.
It is hoped that the new site will allow people to find what they are looking for quickly. The new site still allows
Gerry to update his blog, but it also has the additional facility to allow authorised persons to issue News Items without the need for the Web team to write the code for the pages.
274 Message from Gerry and Kate 01/02/2008
Our daughter Madeleine was abducted on 3rd May 2007 in Praia da Luz,
9 days before her 4th birthday. She was taken from our holiday apartment where
she was sleeping with her younger brother and sister whilst we were dining 50
yards away. Despite a massive investigation led by the Portuguese police and
supported by the British police, we still do not know who has taken her, why
she was taken or where she is. In addition, private investigators based in Portugal are now
following up any leads regarding Madeleine's disappearance. (Investigation
Since Madeleine's abduction, we have learned a lot about missing children and child exploitation. The scale of the problem is massive and worldwide. Although finding Madeleine will always remain our priority, we feel it is our duty to highlight these problems as well as areas where legislation can be improved, in order to make the world a little safer for all children. To achieve these aims we are working closely with the
Center for Missing and Exploited
Children, the Centre for Child Exploitation and Online Protection and other
non-governmental agencies throughout Europe
(Investigation page). The Find Madeleine Campaign launched a new YouTube
channel for missing children in August 2007 called 'Don't You Forget About Me'
in conjunction with ICMEC and Google.
The support we have had from around the world has been amazing. We have no doubt that without all the good wishes, prayers and efforts of so many people, our ordeal would have been so much harder. It has helped maintain our strength and hope, and this together with support for the campaign, has helped the search for our precious Madeleine. We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their unconditional support and solidarity.
Madeleine is a beautiful little person. She was a very happy and much loved little girl. We believe there is a very good chance that Madeleine is still alive. She deserves the love and security of her family. She needs to be back home with her mummy and daddy, brother and sister. Please keep Madeleine in your thoughts and prayers. And please ' remain vigilant.
We will NEVER give up looking for Madeleine.
Thank you again for your ongoing support and kindness.