So I saw this article from my daily Google Alert that I get:
And I checked it out. I have some pretty big questions that the author seems to either ignore of purposely leave out.
First, it seems that people who write posts about local event don’t think anyone outside of their community would see it. I saw “Charlotte Heffelmire, 15, of McLean” and I wondered, where/what the hell is McLean? Is is a company? Is it a city? Was it a region within a city? Sadly, only a Google search was my only solution.
Now, before I go any further, allow me to state that I applaud the girl’s efforts to try to bring hope to a country that seemingly has none or very little at best. This is not why I am writing this post.
The reason I am writing this post is because of the lack of logic that the writer seems to hope that people will ignore. First was the fact that Holly Hobbs does not think outside of her little community and thus did not feel to tell anyone that McLean’s is an area of Washington, VA. The next is money.
sent $2,500 tied to balloons over the DMZ. Her charity, Winds of Change, has raised about $14,000 …Her parents pay for her travel expenditures.
Ok, $2500 is a hefty chunk to fly in balloons and hopefully the bulk of that money made it into someone hands other than the military or other non-nationalist. What interests me was the $14,000 raised. That’s a rather large sum. So given the amounts stated in the article, let’s do some simple math with what we have to work with.
– $2,500 sent in balloons
$11,500 difference unexplained.
But wait, the article states that “She is planning her ninth visit to South Korea”, meaning she has flown here from the US 8 times. Having recently flown myself, and still a little surprised at the $1700 price tag for my return trip to Canada, I can’t even begin to fathom 8 TRIPS. Flying “Standby” would help out definitely, so would having a friend who works for an airline(and has the time to go with you). So I gotta ask:
Where did the $11,500 go?
I know for a fact that anyone who runs a charity can take 30% for their own efforts and it’s all legal(at least in Canada), but so far the numbers listed seem to not help install any confidence that a teen, living at home with flights paid by her parents, has done enough with the money NOT sent to North Korea.
I am not implying any wrong doing, just merely pointing out that the numbers don’t add up by a long shot.