“There is not a single day that goes by that we don’t wonder about our boy… Where he is, what he’s doing, hoping and praying that today’s the day we get the call from Police telling us William has been found. It’s always hard but it’s times like Easter, Birthdays and Christmas that are the hardest to bear for us all. As Easter approaches, our family remembers William’s happy little face… His laughter and squeals of excitement as he and his sister would run and play together in search of brightly coloured eggs hidden in our garden by the Easter Bunny. It is the memory of each and every beautiful family moment shared with William that brings the most heartache; the most tears because William is not here. As a family, these are the times when it’s just so overwhelming…” William’s Mummy and Daddy.
“William is loved. William is cherished and is desperately missed by all who love him. Every day the sun rises we face another day without our precious little boy. Somebody knows something and if that somebody is you, you need to tell your secret now. It’s been too long. Please, please if you know something about William’s disappearance you must call Crime Stoppers and tell them what you know. You could be the somebody we are all depending on… Even if you’re not sure but suspect someone may have been involved, please make the call and tell police what you know. Please… You could be the somebody who can help bring William home to us.” William’s Mummy
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By William’s Mummy & Daddy
Hope is a funny thing. What do we hope for? We’re not too sure how to answer a question about ‘how we maintain hope for William’ exactly. We hope he’s safe, we hope he’s loved, we hope he’s not afraid. We hope we get an answer soon. We hope he comes home soon. We hope that we never have to face the fact that we may never know what happened to our beautiful little boy. We hope that someone will tell someone what they know.
As a family we survive by being present minute-to-minute. The minutes roll into days, days into weeks all from the moment our boy disappeared. Hope is all we have. To imagine a life without William is absolutely horrific and it’s something we just can’t do. We believe the Police are doing everything they can possibly do to bring him home.
By trying to think positively and that by not having an outcome as yet, we believe that there is still the chance of William coming home alive. We also believe the public can help in immeasurable ways. What we’re asking of people is; if you’ve noticed that something is odd, or that something just strikes a chord with you about what you might have seen or heard then you have to contact Crime Stoppers. It might be something that until now you’ve dismissed as unimportant but by telling police, it just may be the one thing, the one missing piece of the puzzle they are looking for and you just may be the one who helps to bring William home to us. We hope that the “one thing”, the one piece of information police are looking for will come through very soon because to live a life without our little boy is indescribable.
It’s the love and support of extended family and friends that keeps us going day-after-day. For our little family, we keep each other strong and remain focussed on caring for each other and what our family means to us. Keeping our family connected and emotionally safe, our roles with each other change as does our grief and sense of loss but for us it’s about being honest and open with each other with our feelings and thoughts.
We have a very strong support system around us with friends, counselling professionals and other family members all focussed on how we can keep each other moving forward and in helping each other with coming to terms with William’s abduction.
As a family, there are times when it’s just so overwhelming… One of the most confronting feelings we have sometimes is the feeling that life goes on without William at home… Life as we knew it stopped on the morning of the 12th September 2014 but around us the world was “ticking by”, the sun still came up each morning and the stars still shone each night…
It can be so overwhelming at times and this is when we rely on each other for strength. What’s also particularly cruel and hurtful is when people who don’t know us demonstrate an enormous lack of compassion and empathy for our situation and say the most hurtful and insensitive things on social media, this is when the strength and love of friends and family helps keeps us “normal”. We both support each other by keeping busy with the Where’s William Campaign to raise awareness of our boy and donations to keep his disappearance front of mind across the community.
William is a funny little boy with an amazing sense of humour. He can laugh at himself and is most happy being the centre of attention at home. He and his sister absolutely adore each other. We have pictures of them giving each other kisses, hugs and playing. One of the things that William was beginning to explore was dress ups and creating characters for us. He and his sister would put on concerts for us, they would play their guitars and pianos, sing their favourite songs which was Frozen at the time. William and his sister are everything to us and our family.
William and his sister are the ‘bestest little buddies’ and the centre of our entire universe.
It’s incredibly hard thinking about our plans and dreams for the future now. When we think of the plans we might make, often we question ourselves because we want so much to include William. How can we plan for our family’s future without him and yet, do we try to make plans as if he’s not with us?
We have almost completed our renovations on our home for our little family. We had planned those a while ago and we planned for it to become our “forever family home”. It’s heartbreaking that William has missed out on all the fun things that he would have been so excited to be a part of – the diggers, the saws cutting timber for the roof, the trucks and all the trades working on our family home. He wold have been so, so very excited especially knowing he wold be getting his new room upstairs with lots more room for all his toys! Having missed out on the fun of building, we hope that when William comes home to us he loves how we’ve made his room his own special magic place.
To the public we want to say a special thank you from the bottom of our hearts. So many of you have offered your heartfelt words of support, love and carrying for William you’re your continued support and endorsement in helping in our Where’s William? Campaign brings us incredible comfort. We have seen your words and felt your acts of kindness.
And yet, we are troubled and disturbed by the heartbreaking position we find ourselves in and feel a deep sense of helplessness at not knowing what has happened to our boy.
To the public, our message is simple; somebody knows something, somebody saw something or somebody heard something that can help police find our boy. Somebody may have even heard someone say something about William’s disappearance. All it will take to find him is for that somebody, that one person to come forward to make all the difference and help bring William home. Maybe that somebody is you?
Please visit whereswilliam.org to learn more about William and make a donation and share William’s official Facebook page: ‘Where’s William Tyrrell? Bring Him Home – Official’ Facebook page.
If you have seen William or have information relating to his disappearance, please contact Crime Stoppers now on 1800 333 000 or at Crime Stoppers online reporting page. You can remain anonymous.
Developing and launching the Where’s William? Campaign is our way of advocating for William and appealing to the public to not forget that someone has taken our little boy. It’s the public who can help up us to find that one clue that will lead us to William.
If it weren’t for the generosity of Dick and Pip Smith, we wouldn’t have been able to even dream that the Where’s William? Campaign were possible. The seed funding they provided enabled us to develop and launch the campaign to help find William and bring him home.
We are most grateful to Dick and Pip Smith and all those who are very kindly providing their services to us in a pro bono capacity or at cost. However, there are still many infrastructure costs and out-of-pocket expenses that require payment including printing, distribution, ads, and media engagement costs. Without the generosity of the public through donations, we would not be able to cover these essential expenses. Please don’t assume that someone else is supporting the campaign and think that someone else will donate.
When William first disappeared, out of concern for our boy a number of individuals and groups that don’t know us or William wanted to help by raising awareness in creating unofficial Facebook pages and in other ways.
Looking at Facebook, there are many different unofficial groups promoting the need to find William and some having a large following who, on their own, organise events and advocate their support for William. If everyone who liked those pages or was part of a group could donate just a few dollars each, then we would have funding that we could use for some additional forms of generating awareness of the need to find William.
Recently some are inviting people to participate in a Walk 4 William national event to help raise awareness of our little boy.
William’s family and Bravehearts are grateful to organisers but now the official Where’s William? Campaign is urging supporters and participants to register their events via the whereswilliam.org website to have our full support. Only officially registered events will be given vital information on legal requirements for their event and most importantly, once registered they will be covered by public liability insurance which is an absolute must.
Walk 4 William events can also fundraise to support ongoing campaign costs or purchase T Shirts, Ribbons and Hats directly from William’s official website. Every donation matters because it’s all about finding our boy.
We want people to know that he could still be out there ready to be found. The police believe William could be alive, he could be anywhere. We as people living in this day and age should be morally affronted that someone thought it was okay to abduct an innocent child from outside his Nana’s home. What is right about that? As mothers, fathers, grandmothers, grandfathers, aunts, uncles, cousins, daughters, sons, brothers and sisters we should all be up in arms that a complete stranger abducted William and that somebody knows what happened to him. For whatever reason, that somebody is not coming forward. That somebody knows who took him. That somebody is keeping a secret….
How long can you live with that? Knowing that there is a family who is desperate for William to come home. Knowing that his siblings miss playing with their brother. Knowing that there is a family who are shattered. It’s unbelievably cruel and torturous.
Now is time for that somebody who knows something to share their secret and to help right this terrible wrong.
As William’s family we would do everything possible to find our boy. For us, there is absolutely no option other than to do everything in our power to help Police find our boy. Anything. For the last 12 months we’ve being doing everything we can to get the campaign up and running, asking friends and family to help and seeking seed funding to begin the first stage to develop the creative and launch the online components with William’s website and official Facebook page which have both been warmly received.
There is not a single day that goes by that we don’t wonder about our boy and where he is, what he’s doing, hoping and praying that today’s the day we get the call from Police telling us they know where William is. The Where’s William? Campaign just has to keep going and we will do whatever we can to achieve that. We will do absolutely everything we possibly can in order to keep the public’s awareness of William paramount.
Without the help of our team we wouldn’t have been able to have come this far. We are so appreciative of everyone who has supported us and continues to support our primary goal of finding William even though what we have each taken on is extremely hard for everyone.
Overall, we are humbled by the incredible support and good will toward us from the majority of the public who send their thoughts and kind wishes to us via William’s website and Facebook page. It is this kindness that often brings us to tears. It is this support that gives us hope and keeps us going when at times we feel we can’t go on.
It’s been almost a year since William was abducted and although the Police believe that William could still be alive, that he could be anywhere but we fear that with the passing of time people may have lost faith and hope that our boy can still be found.
We know the Where’s William? Campaign can continue to generate extensive awareness of William to prompt somebody with the knowledge of William’s whereabouts to come forward but we need help. We need the help of the public to continue to roll out the campaign nationally and we hope that people will help us.
Please, please don’t forget that someone has taken our boy and that somebody knows something. With the help of the public, we hope we can find William and bring him home.
For information or to make a donation please visit whereswilliam.org or ‘Where’s William Tyrrell? Bring Him Home – Official’ Facebook page.
If you have seen William or have information relating to his disappearance, contact Crime Stoppers now on 1800 333 000 or at Crime Stoppers online reporting page. You can remain anonymous.
This has torn away the fabric and foundation of life as we know it -shattered our entire family to the core. The words broken hearted come to mind, but in fact this is not even close to the way our family feels on so many levels. What has happened to William is wrong, so very wrong.
There is a huge gap of space, emptiness in our lives that we feel without him being with us. William was and always will be a bright shining light our family although we are not together. People noticed William before they noticed any of us and he seemed to be the whole attraction where ever we went. His personality simply captured and embraced you, you felt part of him immediately.
We find it hard to be a family of any normality without him with us every day. Not a day, an hour or a minute goes by without there being a reminder of him and the massive gap in our family we are forced to face and with not an answer in sight.
Our family was everything to me, it was everything our family lived for and now William, a core part of our family is missing. He looked for me everywhere we were and me for him. The bond both William and I shared was more than a father and child it was of soul. It makes me feel that I have not only lost him, but most of myself. I feel entirely shattered, emotionally exhausted, physically and mentally beaten and lost.
Nothing seems nor feels the same way since he has been gone. I feel guilty listening to music or having fun, to go out or catch up with friends when my family is not together. Work. Work is only a distraction, if that, and merely a means to an end financially in order to do what we have to, to survive. Photos of my family sit upon my desk which are constantly looking back at me and reminding me that our family is not the same.
It’s as if you wish it was or could have been someone else, but it wasn’t. This is a pure living nightmare. How could we be involved in this simply astonishing situation let alone still without an answer? How? It’s hard, so awfully hard. William’s sister continues to ask where her brother is and when he’ll be home. We’ve tried so hard to keep life as normal as possible for her, reminding her how loved and safe she is even though William is not here. She is such a joy to us and it’s heartbreaking to see her miss her little brother. They were like two peas in a pod.
I wish, I pray, I cry each night for him. I see other children and families with boys the same age and feel so ripped off, short changed, for him, his sister and my family and myself. I fear the worst but yet pray for something, anything. Someone knows something, someone always knows something.
As we try to go on with our lives, we pass others unsuspecting of us, not knowing who we are and what we are going through and try so so hard not to allow others to see, think or have any idea of what we continue you deal with every day, hour and minute of our current lives.
It is also awkward for our family and friends who feel so upset for all of us and William. And for those who have families and children of their own, this is so unbelievably confronting for them. If it could happen to us, it could happen to them.
Life just doesn’t feel nowhere near what it used to be. The happy go lucky outgoing person I used to be has changed; it has hit me hard, so very hard. I sit in your taxi or next to you on a plane. You make my coffee, my lunch, but you don’t know my pain. I present to you at a meeting, walk past you in the street, but you have no idea of the face I have on just to get through the day. I meet you, but touch no one. But he has touched us all.
Please don’t give up on our boy. Don’t give up on bringing William home. Never say never. Where there is a chance that someone might come forward, there is hope that we all have the chance to bring William home.
Friday 26 June is William’s 4th Birthday and although he won’t be with his family and friends to celebrate, William’s family will be holding a special celebration for their little boy who has been missing since 12 September 2014.
Always in their thoughts, William’s Mummy and Daddy will spend the day together to think of their boy and remember his happy, playful nature and his cheeky grin.
If William were home, he would be totally beside himself with excitement and making a long list of presents he would like which would definitely include toys like superhero action figures and dress-ups.
If William were home, he’d be making plans to celebrate his special day and a party would most definitely be on his agenda. William loves to dress up so his party would have a superhero theme with invitations issued to around 12 or so of his little friends.
If William were home, choosing the colour of the balloons, selecting the menu and creating the invitation with his Mummy would create much excitement in the household.
If William were home, he would choose the flavour and the colours of his Birthday cake which would be a novelty cake and he’d get a bit messy while helping Mummy, Daddy and his big sister to bake and decorate it.
If William were home, he would wake his Mummy and Daddy up early and climb into bed to start the day with hugs and kisses. Later his little friends would arrive with cards and gifts making the backyard resemble a Superhero convention and filling his home with squeals of laughter and excitement. There would be music and games, mini frankfurts, homemade sausage rolls and dinosaur bread, fruit, potato chips and snakes would most definitely be on the menu!
In William’s family it is a tradition that the Birthday person choose a restaurant for their special Birthday dinner. If William were home, he would most definitely choose his favourite Italian restaurant. He would order his favourite dishes, pasta and garlic bread followed by a bowl of gelato and profiteroles and then he’d entertain his family by sucking on lemons and pulling what his family calls his ‘Lemon suck face’ to have them all in stitches.
But sadly William is not at home, so they will celebrate his 4th Birthday as a family with the love and support of close friends. William will have a card and a Birthday cake that they will bake together. And while they make William’s cake they will talk about their memories of their dear little boy and their love for him.
Because William is not at home, his family will each write on his Birthday card their special message to tell him how much they love and miss him desperately and how much they want him to come home to where he belongs.