Media

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It’s hard to catch every article, but here’s some of our latest media coverage.

 

Loren O'Keeffe

Personnes disparues : à Melbourne, Loren O’Keefe réinvente le soutien aux familles

Dans le contexte opaque et inquiétant de la disparition de la petite Maëlys en France, Le Courrier Australien s’est interrogé sur le traitement de ce type d’affaire en Australie.

 

Donny Govan muralFamily continues to believe Donny Govan will be found

FIVE years ago today, 16-year-old Donny Govan vanished from an Echuca campsite. Never to be seen again. Yet his Ballarat family is still holding out hope that their beloved son and brother is alive.

 

Little girl standing in front of Donny Govan muralMissing Donny Govan’s family vows: ‘We won’t give up looking’

September 1 marks five long years for the Ballarat family of Donny Govan, as they face the anniversary of his disappearance. Donny was 16 when he was last seen at a campsite in Echuca on September 1, 2012.

 

Mural of missing teen Siriyakorn ‘Bung’ Siriboon created in Hosier Lane

FOR six years, the family of Boronia teenager Siriyakorn “Bung” Siriboon has lived with her disappearance and the anguish of not knowing what happened.

 

Female stick figure outlined with dotted line between lots of men

Welcome home: Here’s why we need to hear from missing persons who return

The first week of August marks National Missing Persons Week. For the majority of the week two issues will be prominent – images of those still lost and stories shared by those left behind. But is another story not being told?

 

Tej Chitnis muralLife for family of missing Melbourne man Tej Chitnis a ‘constant nightmare’

More than a year after Tej Chitnis disappeared without a trace, his family say they continue to hold hope that he’s still out there.

 

Charles Wooley with Loren60 Minutes Update: The Missing

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.

 

Photo of missing Nazrawi WoldemichaelThe Unmissables: Bringing back the human stories of missed loved ones

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.

 

3 women and a man standing by a brick wall.Rye Hunt’s legacy supports Tasmanian missing persons

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).

 

Benjamin LawMPAN partners families with artists and journalists to help make the missing ‘unmissable’

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.

 

Artists impression of man's faceUsing Art to Humanise Missing Persons Cases

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.


Loren Jayant Heesco RevaOne year on, “there are too many questions, but no answers at all” – Jayant Chitnis

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.

 

Man stands in front of muralUnmissable artworks to help find lost loved ones

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.

 

mural of Tej ChitnisWe 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.

 

Hack for Humanity participantsHacking for humanity to help women grow and connect with technology

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.

 

judgeGlobal 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 shop front

Vodafone introduces new ‘missing persons’ bill policy

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.

 


Nicola SalleseMoney from ‘Find Rye’ campaign to help search for another missing Tasmanian

Funds donated by the family of Rye Hunt will help the search for another Tasmanian man, Missing Persons Advocacy Network says.

 

Rye HuntDonations to GoFundMe campaign for Rye to benefit MPAN

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 Hunt

#FindRye campaign donates massive amount to charities

“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.

 

Loren and MiaLoren O’Keeffe: “I still forget that Dan’s not missing any more.”

This is an extraordinary story, from an extraordinary woman…

 

 

Loren and LoriDaniel O’Keeffe: A mysterious disappearance that turned to tragedy

Five years is a long time, an eternity really when someone you love deeply has gone missing.

 

 

Loren at Richmond PlazaMore than 100: That’s how many Australians are reported missing every day

Generosity Magazine asks why such a prevalent issue is stifled by stigma and stereotypes.

 

 

LorenMissing person advocates push to expand search into online ‘blank space’

“This initiative is innovative, direct, effective — the exact type of thing our charity gets excited about.”

 

 

RichmondPlaza

How do we get Australia talking about missing persons?

This, from Emma Beckett, leads on from a Junkee Junket session she ran about how to raise public awareness about missing persons.

 

AusOfTheDayThis Aussie created the 1st Missing Persons Guide after her bro vanished

CommBank created the Australian of the Day series and sent PedestrianTV to get to know the woman behind MPAN.

 

 

Video

Most of what we’ve been able to capture is available on our YouTube channel here.

WIN TV: Public Service Announcements

Seven News Melbourne

 

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

Audio

Whilst most radio interviews are not online, please find some of the latest below.