Campaigners right across the world will this Friday mark the 50th day of Madeleine’s McCann’s abduction.
From sites across the UK and from centres as wide apart as Eastern Europe and South America, 50 green and yellow balloons will be launched as a symbol of hope and to spread the message of the four-year-old’s disappearance.
The central ceremony of the day will take place at 2pm on the beach at Praia da Luz – the Portuguese holiday resort where Madeleine was taken during a family vacation on May 3.
Madeleine’s parents Gerry and Kate McCann will release balloons carrying a photograph of their daughter and contact details for people with information to pass on to the police.
At other centres well-wishers will mark the day in different ways. Fifty doves will be released above the city of Ventura in California and campaigners in Afghanistan will follow local tradition by flying 50 kites.
“Fifty days have passed and our daughter is still missing and we are still searching,” said Gerry and Kate.
“The response to our request for events on the 50th day has been overwhelming,” said Gerry and Kate. “This global support gives us both strength and fresh determination to carry on our campaign.”
“It also means that on June 22 Madeleine’s image will be very visible from El Salvador to Poland.
“Everything we have done is to ensure that as many people as possible throughout the world know Madeleine’s story and can help to bring her home. Thanks to the support of hundreds of well-wishers this Friday Madeleine will be remembered world-wide.”
Other locations include:
- Serra Cross (Grant Park, Ventura, California at noon)
- Phillipines (San Pedro, Laguna at 10am)
- Abu Dhabi
- Slovenia (Ljubljana Kocevje at 11am, balloons being released by children born the same year as Madeleine)