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Madeleine McCann: A Celebrity Banquet, Kate McCann Stars And Amaral Rebuttal

by | 17th, January 2010

8115385 MADDIE WATCH – Anorak’s at-a-glance guide to press coverage of Madeleine McCann , Kate McCann and Gerry McCann : sniffer dogs, defaince, gagging and a celebrity dinner and lament:

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BACK when Our Maddie was the cause celebre and the great and good were queuing up to donate to the reward fund and wear the T-shirt, a dinner would have been the event not to be missed event. Which jobbing celeb would dare to turn an invite down?

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But now, who would go? The Express delivers:


And we learn:

DEFIANT Kate and Gerry McCann will mark the 1,000th day since their daughter disappeared with a celebrity packed £150-a-head fundraising dinner and auction at a top London venue.

Can anyone stand to eat? Does the food stick on the way down?

Tycoon Sir Richard Branson and their businessman backer Brian Kennedy will join stars at Kensington Roof Gardens in west London on January 27.

Any bands or cabaret?

Radio Five’s Nicky Campbell and children’s author JK Rowling have also been invited.

And they’re coming, right? Hey, it’s for Our Maddie. Do they dare refuse?

Says Kate, 41: “We will raise money for Madeleine’s Fund and the ongoing search for her. If our circumstances remain unchanged, this day will sadly mark 1,000 days since Madeleine was taken from us.”

Given the media’s rebranding of Madeleine McCann as Our Maddie, the “us” is you as well.

Money will be raised through ticket sales and a charity auction. Half the profits, expected to exceed £100,000, will go to Madeleine’s Fund, which currently stands at about £400,000, with the other half split between two other charities.

So, it’s not all for Our Maddie. Some of the cash goes to charities the McCanns support. Is this a sign that they realise that raisinf money for the search for their daughter is not enough to attract the big wallets more is needed; a bigger cause? As we said years ago, Our Maddie is the benchmark for missing children, and the McCanns have become the spokespeople for them all.

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Kate explained: “Madeleine’s Fund is not depleted but we are aware, given the uncertainty of our situation, that we need to plan ahead to continue the search to find her.”

But is they win their libel case against Goncalo Amaral, the fund will be swelled. Will a dinner be needed? Or if they lose, will celebrities be put off supporting the cause?

Kate said: “Fifty per cent of the profits from the event will be split between two charities, Missing ­People and Missing Children Europe. These two charities are among many others who work incredibly hard despite limited funding to help missing and exploited children.”

Good that good causes will benefit. Children go missing and if the “celebrity” parents can raise awareness for them, all to be supported.

Meanwhile, until Madeleine McCann is found, the media can gawp at Kate McCann. Says the Sunday Mirror:

Kate McCann defiant on Maddie allegations

Well, yes. Her defiance is part of the reason why Goncalo Amaral is in court facing a libel charge.

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