Record will help missing kids

2015-08-04 06:00
An initiative to guard against children going missing will launch in Lansdowne on Saturday 15 August. Pictured above is the document that is used to record children’s biographical details which will help in finding missing children. 

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An initiative to guard against children going missing will launch in Lansdowne on Saturday 15 August. Pictured above is the document that is used to record children’s biographical details which will help in finding missing children. PHOTO: Chev

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In an attempt to curb the number of incidents of children going missing, an initiative will kick off in Lansdowne this month to safeguard children in the area.

Proportional representative councillor Mark Kleinschmidt and resident Tertia Stander have created a “kinder printing” project in the area.

The project will be launched on Saturday 15 August in the St Philips car park opposite Wetton station.

“This initiative was started after Stander and I were looking at various upliftment programmes in the area. It was spurred on by the number of children who went missing over the past few months,” Kleinschmidt explains.

According to Kleinschmidt he was involved in a kinder printing initiative in Mitchell’s Plain just over a decade ago.

“Sadly, this project is no longer there. However, Stander and I have decided to initiate something like this in Lansdowne because children is a topic very close to our hearts.”

Kleinschmidt says the launch of the project will be “an opportunity to contend with crime in the area”.

“We have found that on many occasions when parents report their children missing, they don’t have a recent picture of their child.This will be the perfect opportunity for them to come to the roll-out next Saturday and give us the biographical information of their children and a recent picture of them,” he says.

Kleinschmidt says all parents who take part in the initiative will take the record home and they become the custodians of that information.

“The information will be handed to the parents which will be easier to call up in the unfortunate case of a child going missing. The biographical information, fingerprints and a picture of the child will be on the document,” he explains.

“This will be an opportunity to create awareness around child protection. It states in our Constitution that children should be protected and cared for and this is exactly what we’re trying to do,” he says.

The initiative is free.

The Lansdowne police will be present at the launch. V

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