Peel Zonta Club held a Missing Persons memorial service in Mandurah

Ethan Richter (3)  is the nephew of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd, who disappeared in 1999. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au   d456164
Ethan Richter (3) is the nephew of missing Mandurah teenager Hayley Dodd, who disappeared in 1999. Picture: Jon Hewson        www.communitypix.com.au d456164

IT poured with rain for the fourth year running at Peel Zonta Club’s annual service for missing people during Missing Persons Week.

But that did not stop a crowd braving the weather for the service at the Missing Persons Memorial on the eastern foreshore.

The Mandurah service is believed to be one of only a couple in Australia.

The Missing Persons Memorial was an initiative of Peel Zonta Club with support from the City of Mandurah and built on the old war memorial site on the eastern foreshore.

It was the idea of then Peel Zonta Club president Joyce O’Loughlin, who fought long and hard to find a peaceful site where those with missing friends and family could find solace, lay flowers or include their own memorial plaque on the structure.

It was blessed by the Reverend Lesley de Grussa in 2006 and unveiled by incoming and outgoing Zonta presidents Wendy Kirkby and the late Ros Warwick.

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