Augusta Prep Day School … “Running for Justice” for Natalee Holloway, 5K Run/Walk for the NHRC … Beth Holloway Will be There

KUDOS to the Augusta Prep Day School remembering Natalee Holloway and a run for a cause for missing persons …

Augusta Prep Day School in  Martinez, GA is having a 5K run/walk where 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the NHRC, the Natalee Holloway Resource Center to help parents with missing persons. Beth Holloway will be attending the event, taking part in the 5K run/walk and speaking to the student body and parents the day before. Beth Holloway will discuss Internationals Safe Travels. Come one, come all for this 5K run/walk and give to a great cause.

Natalee Holloway went missing in Aruba in May 2005 while on a high school trip. To date, the three primary suspects, Joran Van der Sloot, Deepak Kalpoe and Satish Kalpoe, who were last seen with Natalee Holloway leaving Carlos N’ Charlies have never been tried for her abduction, disappearance and murder. Joran Van der Sloot has since been tried and found guilty and sentenced to 28 years in the death of Stephany Flores in Peru.

 Facebook: Running For Justice/Natalee Holloway 5k

Date Start: Saturday, February 25, 2012 @ 10:00 AM

Address: Augusta Preparatory Day School
285 Flowing Wells Road Martinez, GA

We all remember the tragedy when Natalee Holloway disappeared in Aruba on her high school trip in 2005.  Everyone in America shared the pain of Natalee’s family.  Her mother, Ms. Beth Holloway, channeled her grief into helping other families looking for their missing children by establishing the Natalee Holloway Resource Center (NHRC) to assist families and to raise awareness among teenagers about the dangers of international travel.

Augusta Prep is hosting a 5K Fun Run/Walk – “Running for Justice – Natalee Holloway 5K” to raise money to contribute to this great cause.  We will donate 100% of the proceeds to the NHRC.  The 5K is scheduled for Saturday, February 25th, 2012, at 10:00am, on the Augusta Prep cross-country trail.  We are combining our passion for running with our desire to help this great cause and to raise awareness in our community about safe international travel.

To register for the event, go HERE.

Learn about the Natalee Holloway Resource Center

Beth Holloway has done a tremendous job in searching for answers and justice for not only her daughter Natalee, but also for the missing loved ones of others. Beth has become a voice and advocate for the missing and a resource for parents for those who plan on their children traveling abroad.

Obama’s Misguided Hypocrisy: Proof of Health Insurance But Not Citizenship

Misguided, eh President Barack Obama?

The other day President Barack Hussein Obama claimed that Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was “misguided” for signing into law the toughest illegal immigration law in the United States. Misguided and irresponsible? How could it possibly be considered misguided to protect the border and the citizens of Arizona by following the rule of law? Last time I checked it was “illegal” for some one to be in the United States if they did not follow the proper immigration process.

It is Obama that has made it necessary for the IRS to contact American citizens and state … show me your insurance papers.

So let’s get this straight … Obama thinks it is misguided to make it mandatory to ask individuals for proof of citizenship, but the Obamamessiah thinks that it is perfectly fine to make Americans show proof of insurance or be fined and potentially worse by the IRS.

AMERICA … which one do you think is unconstitutional and attacks American citizens rights?

Misguided? One might actually find the President’s comments rather comical, ironic and then those with conspiracy theories find it fitting that Barack Obama be complaining that “proof of citizenship” be an issue. Don’t Americans have to carry their passports at all times when traveling abroad? I have worked in foreign countries and had to show my work papers and renew them or face a one way plane ticket back home.

Misguided? One might call it misguided, irresponsible and criminal for what Obama and Democrats did with the health care reform by claiming it would lower costs only to find out once it passed that Obamacare would do just the opposite and raise health care costs.

In the end, WE THE PEOPLE will deem what is and what is not misguided and irresponsible this November during the midterm elections and again in 2012. As it presently stands 70% of Arizona voters support the new tough immigration laws.  The American voters trust Republicans more than they do Democrats on the issue of immigration.

Once again Barack Hussein Obama and Democrats find themselves on the wrong side of the issue, an all too common occurrence these days with the people. Is it any wonder why now even the NY Times is discussing the carnage that is going to take place this November and Democrats are swept out of office.

The Legacy of Natalee Holloway … Safe Travels for Years to Come & Aruba has been Branded

Aruba’s loss is a college students gain. The disappearance of Natalee Holloway3Holloway in Aruba in 2005 has not been forgotten. The memory and legacy of Natalee Holloway will be that future teens and college age students will be taught the risks of traveling abroad. Safe travels aboard does not necessarily target Aruba as the only unsafe place to travel; however, it has become the poster island for safety abroad and has been branded. However, in the case of Natalee Holloway it is not just a message of traveling safe while on vacation, it’s a message of what could potentially happen with an investigation afterword’s in a foreign land.

As long as safety abroad is taught and Natalee Holloway’s name is referenced so will Aruba. The two have become synonymous and Aruba’s bad PR clock will never stop ticking. In America, a human life is more important than tourism.

Waits said she likes to think Natalee is at Auburn now though, since has spent the last two years looking at safety guidelines for students traveling abroad for the foundation Beth Holloway founded in her daughter’s memory — the International Safe Travels Foundation.

“When I paid attention to Natalee’s case, what I saw was a young girl,” Waits said. “I saw every young person.”

Like Beth Holloway, Waits didn’t want to see anything like what happened to Natalee happen again. And, at the time, she needed a research topic for graduate school.

Waits decided to look into how aware students are of safety guidelines when traveling. Her research has become the curriculum Beth Holloway shares with traveling students across the country. Waits said it was first introduced to Auburn students studying abroad last spring.

“Students are pretty confident before they leave,” she said, but, when she asks them about the process of say, court proceedings, in their destination country, they are at a loss.

“No one can say what happens over there,” Waits said. “It’s not their fault though. They’ve just never been told.”

“Beth experienced this. She went through it,” Waits said. “She wants to make sure it doesn’t happen again.” (OA Now)

Beth Holloway, International Safe Travels Foundation & GradCity.com Offer College & High School Students Spring Breakers Safe Options … BREAK SMART

Spring Break can be the best of times … it can be the worst of times. Beth Holloway asks students to please be safe …

The International Safe Travels Foundation, the non profit organization Beth Holloway, and GradCity.com are jointly releasing important information to our youths in an effort to keep them safe while on vacation. With Spring Break upon us once again, high school and college students need to be more aware of the troubles they could potentially fins themselves in.

No one knows more the potential risks of their child traveling abroad on vacation than does Beth Holloway. Her daughter, Natalee Holloway, went missing in Aruba in May 2005 and has never been seen or hear from since. Beth Holloway has made it her mission in life to never have another parent have to suffer what she has endured in Natalee going missing and the continual road blocks and barriers put forth by the Aruba investigation and their legal system. Beth Holloway stresses the point to teens and college students across America … STAY SAFE WHEN TRAVELING!

PEABODY, Massachusetts, March 24 /PRNewswire/ – GradCity.com, a division of First Choice Student Travel, and the International Safe Travels Foundation, a non-profit organization founded by Beth Holloway, the mother of missing teen Natalee Holloway, have jointly released a series of steps students can take to make their travel experiences safer. This announcement follows GradCity.com’s 2007 launch of its BreakSmart (http://gradcity.com/breaksmart.php) campaign, which was created to encourage responsible decision-making while on Spring Break.

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Beth Holloway Speaks out to Teens on Safety, Faith and Hope: “I want them to remember Natalee.”

As Spring Break comes upon us again we are reminded of the of the story, Beth_Holloway_LovingNatalee legacy and lessons learned from the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. It’s not only about “Justice for Natalee” its also about providing a message of safety for all teens to follow. There is no better person to provide the message of Safety, Faith and Hope than Beth Holloway.

As Aruba continues to provide no answers or justice for the family of Natalee Holloway, Beth Holloway continues her message to teenagers and their parents so that no one ever need to meet the Holloway’s same fate. Aruba continues to wonder why they have been branded as unsafe and corrupt. Is it really that difficult to understand? Nearly three years have gone by and all look on and see that Aruba cares little to provide “Justice for Natalee”.

“I want young adults and parents to open a dialogue about safety and what you need to know about personal safety on these trips,” she said. “I want them to remember Natalee.”

Alabamians, along with the rest of the nation and the world, were riveted by the news of Natalee Holloway’s disappearance in Aruba on a spring break trip to the country in May 2005. Many could only guess at the grief of a mother losing her daughter so suddenly.

In the months after, and as Beth Holloway began to realize that Natalee may never come back to their Birmingham-area home, Holloway was thrust into the spotlight by others who wanted to hear her story and how her faith had grown in the aftermath.

Holloway responded by spending a year traveling from city to city and state to state sharing the message of an organization she founded in the wake of Natalee’s disappearance, the International Safe Travels Foundation, which was designed to inform and educate the public about how to stay safe when traveling internationally.

UPDATE I: Mother of missing student Natalee Holloway speaks to northeast Ohio students today

Programming Note: Beth Holloway will be on Scared Monkeys Radio Tonight with Dana Pretzer

BETH HOLLOWAY ON SCARED MONKEYS RADIO TONIGHT

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A reminder to all … Beth Holloway will be on Scared Monkeys radio this evening on the Dana Pretzer show discussing her new book, Loving Natalee: A Mother’s Testament of Hope and Faith. Tired of hearing the same four questions asked by the MSM? Listen tonight and hear Beth Holloway discuss her book, her daughter Natalee’s disappearance and her faith that has got her through the terrible ordeal.

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Scared Monkeys Welcomes Richard as Contributing Editor: Discussing his thoughts on Missing Persons

Scared Monkeys asked me to do some occasional articles on the general phenomenon of missing people, and on individual cases.  Needless to say, I’m honored and pleased to do so.  Being asked to do these articles does not imply endorsement of my thoughts on Natalee Holloway or any other missing person case.   I am no expert in this area and make no claim to be one.

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Those people who have read my posts in the last two years know that I work with the family of Amy Bradley, missing in the Caribbean since March 1998.  I also do volunteer research for International Cruise Victims, which is dedicated to promoting safety on cruise ships and alerting the public to the difference between the benign image the cruise industry presents and the level of crime that actually exists.  And I have done similar Internet research for the International Safe Travels foundation as time has allowed.
 
This weekend the world is awaiting the revelation of the fate of Harry Potter and other Harry_Pottercharacters in that series.  People are lined up to buy the last book; enterprising or unscrupulous individuals are competing to release the details of what happens; and the media are prepping us for a full-scale assault on bookstores by fans, money in hand, raging to know who lives and who dies.
 
I wonder how many of these people will give a thought to the plight of families in the “real” world who want to know the same thing about their loved ones?  Harry Potter is fiction; the agony of these families is not.
 
According to Crime Library , 2,300 Americans are reported missing each day.  I don’t know if that’s a running total or if it is the number of new cases.  This source also says that 150,000 Americans were reported missing in 1980; the latest figure is 900,000.  To some extent, the higher figure may indicate that more attention is being paid to these people.  But whatever the accurate number may be, multiply it by the grief that any family must feel and be daunted at the thought.
 
Anyway, exact numbers are not important; the despair of the families is.  These essays are not about me, but I want to share one experience.  I began my interest in this field when Chandra Levy went missing in 2001, a case that gripped the nation then and that remains unsolved.  Before that I had never thought much about missing people; it was something outside of my experience, and had never happened to anyone that I knew.

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Susan Levy, shown in her Modesto home with a portrait of her daughter Channdra

As I became interested in Chandra’s case, it occurred to me that there must be other missing people as well.  So one Saturday morning I went to the office where I was working and did random Internet searches for missing people.  Within half an hour I had seen more than I ever wanted to; hundreds – hundreds! – of smiling photos were on file, each a life that had value, each a life that may or may not have been ended, each a life that now was shrouded in mystery.  The answers were out there, but I didn’t know them.

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Beth Holloway Twitty to Speak About Spiritual Journey at Samford University

Beth Twitty will speak at Samford University in Birmingham, AL Monday November 13 at Sanford7:30 p.m. in Reid Chapel. Beth will talk about her spiritual journey from the disappearance of her daughter, Natalee Holloway, though the ordeal of dealing with Aruba and offer safe travel tips.

Beth Holloway Twitty, mother of disappeared Mountain Brook, Alabama, teenager Natalee Holloway, will speak at Samford on Monday November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Reid Chapel. Twitty, who became the focus of intense international attention after the still-unexplained disappearance of her daughter from a school trip to Aruba in 2005, will speak about her spiritual journey through the ordeal and offer travel safety tips.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. For event information, direct email to esboggs@samford.edu.

Come to Samford University and listen to Natalee’s mom.

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