About 50 children at a Miller after-school childcare centre came together to celebrate the fourth birthday of missing Queensland boy William Tyrrell, on Friday.
Sloosh Kids Care owner Ruth Brissett-Costa said she felt compelled to raise awareness for William on his birthday.
‘‘It has brought up a lot of issues for us in the local area, especially stranger danger,’’ she said.
‘‘We just hope that he is found. There are lots of people far from where he lives that are thinking of him — it has touched our hearts.’’
Last week, William’s mother released a statement to the media which explained how she and her family would celebrate her son’s birthday.
She said ‘‘if William were home’’ he would help bake and decorate a novelty birthday cake with his father, big sister and herself.
‘‘Later his little friends would arrive with cards and gifts making the backyard resemble a Superhero convention and filling his home with squeals of laughter and excitement.’’
Mrs Brissett-Costa said the centre’s party had everything that the mother asked for, including; music and games, mini frankfurts, homemade sausage rolls, fruit, potato chips and snakes.
‘‘All of the kids a very aware who little William is now,’’ she said.
‘‘We have also made a scrap book with drawings made by the children and some parents even brought presents for him.’’
On Friday, police detectives investigating the William’s disappearance also renewed appeals for information about his whereabouts.
State Crime Command’s Homicide Squad Detective Inspector Gary Jubelin said the boy ‘‘did not just vanish into thin air’’.
‘‘If he had not been targeted, today [June 26] William would be with his mum and dad, his sister and other loved ones, blowing out candles on his birthday cake and happily opening presents,’’ Detective Inspector Jubelin said.
‘‘Investigators are still keen to hear from anyone who might know what has happened to William.’’
Anyone with information is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000.