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Students put their shirts on campaign

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 10:03

HUNDREDS of youngsters from across the Island backed the latest campaign for information about missing man Damien Nettles.
It has been 14 years since Damien, then aged 16, disappeared and this month his family, police, local businesses, charities and young people combined to appeal for fresh information.
As part of the Vinvolved YMCA campaign, 250 young people became human billboards, wearing T-shirts produced by King Textiles with support from the Missing People charity.
The shirts featured a picture of Damien and were worn over ten days, which coincided with a billboard poster campaign in Newport.
YMCA volunteers Sian Matthews and Hayley Nicholls, both students at Cowes High School, helped lead the recruitment of volunteers at the Isle of Wight College, where 200 people signed-up to take part.
Charlie Welman, 16, also of Cowes High, signed up a further 50 students to take part.
"It is horrible to think young local people go missing. I think we all have a duty to look out for one another especially when we are aware the people are going through tough spells in their lives," said Charlie.
The YMCA planned to build on the campaign ahead of National Anti-Bullying Week, which ends tomorrow (Friday), with youngsters who took part pledging to report bullying at school or college.

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