Wednesday 21 March 2018

Poignant event for Mallow students

A GROUP of Mallow students finally saw their three years of campaigning in the area of missing persons come to fruition with the declaration of the inaugural National Missing Persons Day last week.

Davis College students, who were the Young Social Innovator National Champions in 2012, attended a special ceremony held at Farmleigh, in Dublin on Wednesday, December 4.

The ceremony marked first 'National Missing Persons Day' which had been inspired by the Mallow students' 'Forget Me Not' campaign.

It was a very poignant event which saw justice minister Alan Shatter paying an emotional tribute to the students and their teachers, Miss Kathy Kilgallon and Ms. Siobhan Murray, for their hard work.

Also in attendance were the families of the missing, many of whom the students had worked with throughout the course of the "Forget Me Not" campaign.

This annual event will be held on the first Wednesday of every December and it is hoped that in the coming years it will be recognised across Europe.

The students were eager to acknowledge the help of Deputy David Stanton and Minister Sean Sherlock in aiding them bring this issue to the attention of Minister Shatter and throughout their campaign they even had the support of President Michael D Higgins and an Taoiseach Enda Kenny.