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Students use their network to keep focus on missing persons

YOUNG Social Innovators of the Year 2012, the national ‘Forget Me Not’ campaign run by students in Davis College, Mallow was a continuation of the work begun by the school’s previous Transition Year YSI team, ‘Missing Persons’.

Students of Davis College launching the Forget Me Not campaign.

It aimed to highlight the plight of the families of missing people, to support organisations that help in searching for missing people, and to introduce an innovative Exit Point Strategy, bringing public attention to the issue of missing people through a poster and placement campaign in Irish airports, ports, and ferry terminals.

A strong feature of the campaign was a call for a national day for missing persons in Ireland.

The students lobbied the government, calling for Missing Persons Day with a petition signed by 12,000 people. They ran a bus shelter campaign and erected a billboard in Merrion Square, Dublin. They met a joint committee on Justice, Defence and& Equality; Minister Alan Shatter said Ireland is to hold its first Missing Persons Day in Dec 2013.

The group were invited to the Áras by President Michael D Higgins, who congratulated them on their efforts to help the families and communities of missing people.

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