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Kawartha Lakes challenges the community to help missing children return home safe

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Kawartha Lakes – May 25 is Missing Children’s Day. To mark the occasion Kawartha Lakes is challenging the community to join the Missing Children’s Society of Canada’s (MCSC) Child Search Network by downloading the MCSC rescu app today.

Kawartha Lakes, in collaboration with our first responders, is proud to be the first municipality in Ontario to endorse the Child Search Network and the MCSC rescu app.

Deputy Mayor Tracy Richardson is a champion for the app and noted, “Our goal is to get 5,000 downloads in Kawartha Lakes and with your support, we know we can get there as a community. We’re challenging you to download the MCSC rescu app and to encourage your friends, family, co-workers and neighbours to do the same.”

Watch our MCSC rescu app challenge video and be sure to like and share our social media posts to bring more awareness to the campaign.

The Child Search Network and the MCSC rescu app are a vital tool for the public to aid in the search for missing children. The network and app allows police departments across Canada to reach members of the community whose eyes, ears and voices are critical in the search for a missing child.

The app allows you to receive notifications when children go missing in Kawartha Lakes. It also allows you to send missing children tips directly to our local police services.

We no longer have to rely on telephone pole posters or milk carton ads to find missing children. With the Child Search Network and the MCSC rescu app we have the technology to spread the word much faster and every Canadian can be a part of the search by downloading the app.

When it comes to missing children’s cases, every second counts, and this tool will help bring children home faster.

To see updated cases of missing children in Canada, leave a tip and/or sign up for SMS alerts, visit the MCSC Child Search Network. The MCSC rescu app is also available in the Google Play Store and the Apple App Store, links to download the MCSC rescu app can be found here, or you can search “MCSC rescu app” in your app store on your cell phone or tablet.

Visit the Missing Children’s Society of Canada’s MCSC rescu app page on our website for more information.

About Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC)

The Missing Children Society of Canada's (MCSC) mandate is to help return missing children to a safe environment. The organization, established in 1986, has evolved from one distributing posters to find a missing child to one embracing the latest technology to help police in the search for that child. MCSC also reaches out to enlist the help of other professionals in the search and location of missing children in addition to working with traditional media and online/social media to bring public awareness to cases of missing kids. MCSC provides affected families with knowledge and resources throughout the search and reunification while ensuring that all its programs are free so that all families in need of help receive it, regardless of their financial situation.

About the Child Search Network and MCSC rescu app

Together with the Canadian Association of Police Chiefs, along with digital partner Esri Canada and Microsoft, the Missing Children’s Society of Canada (MCSC) launched a national network and app to be used in all high risk missing children’s cases that don’t meet the AMBER Alert criteria.

The MCSC rescu app launched in 2021, and work is ongoing to expand its reach to include alerts for high risk seniors, adults with autism and Indigenous missing women.

In collaboration with

Kawartha Lakes Police Services, Ontario Provincial Police - Kawartha Lakes Detachment, Kawartha Lakes Fire Rescue Service, Kawartha Lakes Paramedic Service, City of Kawartha Lakes, Missing Children's Society of Canada, Esri Canada and Microsoft.

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