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.