Picnic for Missing

Picnic for Missing

Has someone in your life gone missing?

When someone goes missing, many more are lost…this is why Melissa Pouliot, the family member of someone who has been missing since 1987, launched Picnic for Missing in 2014, as part of National Missing Persons Week. 


Picnic for Missing is part of National Missing Persons Week (the first full week in August) - a week where the Australian Federal Police puts its full attention and focus on raising awareness for missing persons. This is also a week of heightened interest by the media and broader community to highlight the many issues surrounding missing people. 

Picnic for Missing is an opportunity for friends and families to celebrate the life of a loved one who has gone missing from their lives. It also provides a real and genuine opportunity for all families of people still missing to reignite hope for their loved one. 

When is Picnic for Missing 2016? Saturday August 6, although you can have your Picnic for your missing loved one any day of the year.

Who inspired Picnic for Missing? The inspiration behind Picnic for Missing is Melissa’s first cousin, Ursula Dianne Barwick, who went missing in the spring of 1987, aged 17. Melissa launched Picnic for Missing in 2014 in memory of the childhood picnics she enjoyed with Ursula. Watch Melissa on Australian television program Mornings share her story about Ursula HERE.
Melissa says:

"I will continue to search for answers and not give up hope that one day I can lay my memories of Ursula to rest. Through initiatives such as Picnic for Missing I aim to inspire other families in a similar situation to also never give up hope."

How do you get involved in Picnic for Missing?

Picnic for Missing is another avenue and opportunity to put the spotlight on the important community issue of missing persons, which affects an estimated 420,000 people in Australia every year.

Anyone, anywhere in the world, can have a Picnic for Missing. It can be a grand event in a public place, or a quiet picnic on an isolated beach.  

You are welcome to share your picnic images on the Picnic for Missing Facebook page HERE 

To find out more, register your picnic or get involved, you can follow Picnic for Missing on FacebookYou can also email Melissa on mp@melissapouliot.com or fill out the contact form below.

On social media, use the hashtag #picnicformissing 

Daniel Morcombe Foundation

Day for Daniel

Melissa first met Denise Morcombe in 2014. As a result of that meeting she returned to her home region and contacted schools and local businesses so they could be involved in Day for Daniel. 
In 2015 the Daniel Morcombe Foundation selected her as an Ambassador, a role she will continue in 2016. 
As the 2015 Ambassador she worked with the AFP to bring the DMF Safety Truck to the South Coast for the first time, where the head of the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre Rebecca Kotz delivered safety talks to over 2000 students on behalf of Bruce and Denise Morcombe. This tour visited schools from Batemans Bay south to Pambula and everywhere inbetween.

 As a parent and the family member of a long-term missing person I am passionate about supporting awareness and prevention. I am proud to support the modern and progressive approach by the foundation to give our children the skills to stay safe both in the real world and online. I became involved in Day for Daniel in 2014 in an effort to spread the reach of the foundation to the NSW South Coast. I was thrilled to be part of the Capital to Coast tour in 2015 involving 16 schools and more than 2000 children from Canberra to Pambula and everywhere inbetween, and I am keen to see even more schools in regional areas get involved and include the Foundation's child safety messages in their curriculum.  

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