ON THE anniversary of his disappearance from his grandmother's backyard in Kendall, Grafton residents will be walking for William Tyrrell.

The Walk4William event includes more than 100 national walks across Australia and events in Canada, Japan, New Zealand and America.

William Tyrrell
William Tyrrell

Grafton grandmother Fran Munce is organising the local walk which starts from Jacaranda Park at 10:30am on Saturday, September 12 - one year after William's disappearance.

"When I see pictures of young William Tyrrell I see my grandson," Mrs Munce said. "My grandson is only four years old, which is the age William would be now. My grandson is also a big Spiderman fan so I can see instant similarities between the two.

"I just have no idea how these parents are coping. I do not think I could cope if that was me."

Mrs Munce believes the walk for William will raise awareness among the local community that child abductions are a real thing and are not just in the TV shows and movies.

"My grandson is the youngest of five and what has happened to William has really made his mum come to realise how real this can be, how real it could happen in their home," she said.

"What I want to make families realise that yes this has happened to William, but it could just as easily happen to their son, their grandson, their nephew."

A recent report of children being approached in the main street of Grafton has sparked Mrs Munce's determination even further.

"Only last week I heard that two kids were approached on Prince Street," Mrs Munce said. "You can't get more real than that. Those two kids could have easily become another William.

"We are not separated from it, it happens here as much as anywhere else. It affects every single one of us regardless."

Her journey to organising the big event has not been without roadblocks with road closures being a major hindrance to preparations.

"The council has said it is too late to close the roads," she said.

"If I get 770 people who have been invited to walk our streets on the 12th there will be a heck of a lot of people on our footpaths."

Clarence Valley Council offered to table a motion at their recent meeting as to donate the cost of hiring Market Square for post walk functions.

Mrs Munce along with the support of several local businesses has organised a family fun day in Market Square to occur at the completion of the walk.

I Scream have agreed to support the day, along with a local face painter, bouncing castles and plaster painting.

For more information and to show your support for the walk get in touch with Fran Munce through the Walk4William Grafton Facebook page.

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