By Judi McLeod
Saturday, July 28, 2007
Every once in awhile someone comes up with a winning idea for a potential miracle, courtesy of the Worldwide Internet.
Such a winning idea came CFP's way today from dear friend and retired police officer Tom Cooke, via Phil McCann, the aunt of four-year-old, still missing Madeleine McCann.
The story of the missing child is starting to fade from world media headlines because of time lapse.
…"The story is only being covered in Britain, Eire and Portugal," McCann wrote in what could be `The Chain Letter of All Time'. "We don't believe that she is in Portugal anymore and need to get her picture across Europe as quickly as possible. Suggestions are welcome."
McCann's noble mission is to "cover 80 per cent of the world's inboxes in two weeks."
And his idea for people everywhere to "look into Madeleine's eyes" is ingenious.
Madeleine's right eye, where the pupil runs into the blue-green iris, is distinctive and serves as an I.D. that is fail proof.
The idea of identifying Madeleine through her eye originated with a new picture that rekindled the hopes of her heartbroken family.
The missing Madeleine's uncle John and Aunt Diane made an appeal poster from the remarkable picture, which features the Crimestoppers telephone number. They are now in the process of distributing the poster as far afield as possible.
But what could be more thorough than reaching 80 per cent of the world's inboxes as a method of distribution?
"The purpose of the poster is to highlight the distinction in Madeleine's eye," said Mrs. McCann. "We want to make the most of it, because we know her hair could potentially be cut or dyed."
"The poster was designed by a friend of the family and I've begun emailing it to acquaintances in different parts of the world," added Madeleine's uncle. "I'm asking people to circulate it the best they can and make it be seen."
The haunting picture of an enchanting little girl first signaled Madeleine's disappearance on the evening of Thursday, May 3, 2007.
Television viewers the world over wept to see Madeleine's mother making her anguished plea for the little girl's safe return.
"The then three-year-old British girl was on holiday with her parents and siblings in the resort of Praia da Luz in the Algarve, Portugal and disappeared from the apartment in which they were staying." (Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia).
Investigation by the Portuguese Police concluded that Madeleine, who was in a ground floor bedroom with her two-year-old twin siblings, had been abducted.
Despite a number or reported sightings of Madeleine in Portugal and elsewhere, and several awareness raising campaigns by international celebrities, the trail started to go cold.
Madeleine of the angelic looks is the eldest daughter of Kate McCann, a general practitioner in Melton Mowbray, and Gerry, a cardiologist at Glenfield Hospital in Leicester.
Madeleine, who has a brother and a sister, twins Sean and Amelie, two years old, lived with her family in Rothley, England.
Madeleine's right eye has a type of coloboma, a complete split in the iris. This consists of a black radial strip reaching from the pupil out to the edge of the white at the 7 o'clock position, about 30º clockwise from the bottom.
There would be no mistaking the joy of the words, "That's Madeleine!"" should the picture lead to a positive end.
Circulating the picture and "making it be seen" as requested by Phil McCann could be the most important message ever sent by you: It could lead to the return of long lost Madeleine to the arms of her waiting family.
Canada Free Press founding editor Most recent by Judi McLeod is an award-winning journalist with 30 years experience in the print media. Her work has appeared on Newsmax.com, Drudge Report, Foxnews.com, Glenn Beck. Judi can be reached at: [email protected]