This is our (1) second Christmas without Madeleine . Please help us (2) make sure we (3) don't have a third.
First of all we (4) would like to take this opportunity to thank you from the bottom of our (5) hearts for your support. Your solidarity has helped maintain our (6) strength and our (7) hope - especially at this difficult time of year.
A quick update on what has been happening:
As you may have seen in the media, the Portuguese authorities have lifted our (8) ‘arguido’ status and in July 2008 closed the investigation to find Madeleine . It is therefore even more important now that we (9), Madeleine's family (10), do everything we (11) possibly can to try and find our (12) little girl .
Reassuringly, we (13) know that there is absolutely no evidence whatsoever to suggest that Madeleine has been seriously harmed (and this has been further confirmed after studying the recently released Portuguese police files). In light of this, we (14) passionately believe that there is a very strong likelihood that Madeleine is out there and can be found.
With your support we (15) will NEVER give up looking for Madeleine.
Like any family (16) who suddenly find themselves in such a confusing and terrifying situation, we (17) don't know if any of us (18) could have got through all this without the support of people like you.
So thank you so much for your help. Without your prayers and efforts, the confusion, isolation and heartache our family (19) has faced would have been so much harder.
Gerry (20) and Kate McCann (21)*
*Self explanatory: ME, ME, ME...
How else can you help
* 1. If you're going abroad this Christmas, please download a copy of the poster by clicking here and put them up on your travels.
* 2. Tell a friend if they're heading off on holiday and would like to help
* 3. Please, always keep looking, wherever you are in the world. Thank you.
If you would like more information about how you can further support our search for Madeleine, or have any ideas of your own about what else we can do please visit www.findmadeleine.com.
Comment: 'It's time to give Madeleine some dignity in death. It's time to tell the truth.'
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