It’s hard to catch every article, but here’s some of our latest media coverage.
It’s an alarming and surprising statistic: every hour four Australians go missing. That equals 100 people a day, or 38,000 a year, who vanish. Thankfully most are found relatively quickly, but for the families of those who aren’t the torment of not knowing what has happened to their loved one is devastating.
A Hobart family is using art to show the real people behind missing person statistics through the national project The Unmissables. Nazrawi (Naz) Samson Woldemichael is a talented artist, the youngest of his family, and a shy and passionate young man. He has not been seen since October 9.
The legacy of Rye Hunt, who died in Brazil last year, will touch more Tasmanians in a new campaign connecting artists with missing persons. Mr Hunt’s sister, Romany Brodribb, is part of The Unmissables, a project launched this month by Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN).
The families of long-term missing people have been partnered with artists and journalists, such as Benjamin Law the creator of SBS’ The Family Law, in an effort to help tell their stories and make them ‘unmissable’ as part of the Missing Persons Advocacy Network’s latest campaign.
A new art project is reimagining the way we think about missing persons cases. ‘The Unmissables’ pairs illustrators and writers with people who have been reported missing, asking them to tell personal stories that make each case far more compelling than a profile on the back of a milk carton.
Tej Chitnis went missing from Melbourne on April 27, 2016. Now, a mural – as part of MPAN’s The Unmissables – near Queen Victoria Market in Melbourne aims to help reignite the memories of the public.
What do you miss when someone isn’t there, what makes them unmissable? Is it their smell? Their touch? The sound of their voice? Or maybe it’s the way they laugh? For Tej Chitnis’ loved ones, they miss everything about him.
We reimagined missing persons posters with help from the world’s best artists and writers to make them the ‘Unmissables’
The search for the long term missing fades over time. In Australia, 100 people go missing every day. Many remain missing and their cases go cold when the police and media move on. So we replaced the vital statistics on boring missing persons posters with stunning works of art and a story about them as individuals, to reignite the search.
MPAN provides support to family and loved ones of a missing person in their darkest time. The team wanted to make the process of creating a search campaign as easy as possible.
Global non-profit Girls in Tech teams up with REA Group to host its first Hacking for Humanity event in Melbourne
“Making a tool like these guys have done … means the world to people who find themselves in an absolute nightmare,” O’Keeffe said during the event.
Vodafone has introduced a new dedicated “missing persons” policy so family and friends of customers listed as missing can better manage their account. Its believed to be the first policy of its kind by an Australian telco.
Funds donated by the family of Rye Hunt will help the search for another Tasmanian man, Missing Persons Advocacy Network says.
The incredible generosity shown to a Tasmanian family who flew to Brazil to search for their missing loved one will also benefit others now his ashes have been brought back home.
“Rye was a keen and vocal supporter of this charity, and as such, we would like to show our support in his honour,” the post said.
This is an extraordinary story, from an extraordinary woman…
Five years is a long time, an eternity really when someone you love deeply has gone missing.
Generosity Magazine asks why such a prevalent issue is stifled by stigma and stereotypes.
“This initiative is innovative, direct, effective — the exact type of thing our charity gets excited about.”
This, from Emma Beckett, leads on from a Junkee Junket session she ran about how to raise public awareness about missing persons.
CommBank created the Australian of the Day series and sent PedestrianTV to get to know the woman behind MPAN.
Most of what we’ve been able to capture is available on our YouTube channel here.
CommBank Australian of the Day – Loren O’Keeffe
‘Extra Minutes’ interview with 60 Minutes the month MPAN began
One Year On – A look inside MPAN’s Missing Persons Guide
A Public Service Announcement from ambassador Deborah Mailman
The grant that helped create MPAN: Vodafone’s World of Difference
Whilst most radio interviews are not online, please find some of the latest below.