AFP Booth a Hit at Melbourne’s National Youth Week Concert

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia ( April 08, 2011

AFP Booth a Hit at Melbourne's National Youth Week Concert

AFP Booth a Hit at Melbourne's National Youth Week Concert

Minister for Youth Peter Garrett officially launched this year’s National Youth Week at a concert held in Melbourne to celebrate the event.

The AFP’s National Missing Persons Coordination Centre (NMPCC) booth proved to be a hit with the crowd, with many young people lining up to receive t-shirts, wrist bands and information booklets from AFP representatives. Thousands of young Australians were in attendance at the event, which included a live Video Hits concert hosted by Faustina and Dylan and featuring music acts from The Vines, Jebediah and Tim and Jean.

Attendees at the launch included government and non-government representatives as well as young media identities who performed the role of youth ambassadors. A few young media identities in attendance were Ashleigh Brewer and Jordy Lucas from Neighbours, Callum Hann from Masterchef and the current face of GenerationOne Maddie Madden.

Black and pink T-shirts, wrist bands and pocket brochures were provided to participants from the AFP booth ‘Missing?’ and were worn by hundreds of attendees at the event. Young Australians are the largest at risk group of people who go missing, with 20,000 people under the age of 18 reported missing to police each year.

Team Leader AFP National Missing Persons Coordination Centre Rebecca Kotz said the event helps to educate young Australians about the impacts and perceptions of young people going missing. “We spoke to them about the importance of reporting someone missing and dispelling the myth that you have to wait 24 hours to do so,” she said.

“The pocket guides we gave out provide youth with important information on not only how to report someone missing, but who to turn to for help if they were to go missing.” National Youth Week is for Australians aged between 12 and 25 years and encourages young people to get involved in community projects, sporting events, festivals and talent competitions that celebrate the achievements of young people.

The National Missing Persons Coordination Centre has been a major sponsor of the event since 2008 with the AFP’s goal to raise awareness of the prevalence of young people going missing.

Each year, 35 000 people are reported missing in Australia.

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