By SHEENA RAWCLIFFE
International Missing Children’s Day (25 May) was recognised in the Algarve with a lunch, organised by The Resident, held at the A Paleta restaurant in Lagoa.
In her opening address, Sheena Rawcliffe, Managing Director of The Resident, spoke of the heightened awareness of missing children, not only in Portugal but across the world, as the search continues for four-year-old Madeleine McCann. She welcomed Kate McCann to the event, along with representatives from two of the children’s homes in the Algarve – Refúgio Aboim Ascenção in Faro and Lar de Crianças Bom Samaritano in Alvor.
The aim of the lunch was three-fold. To raise funds for the Instituto de Apoio à Crianca (the Portuguese organisation which assists in the search for missing children in Portugal); to remember the Portuguese children shown on the missing list produced by the Polícia Judiciária and to continue the focus on Madeleine McCann who has been missing for 23 days.
All attendees wore green and yellow ribbons indicating hope for those missing children to be returned to their loved ones.
As part of the fundraising for the event, yellow and green balloons were sold. These were released into the air by Kate McCann, who thanked everyone for their continued support and caring.
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