Beth Twitty keeps the story of Natalee Holloway alive as well as tries to empower woman and their communities. Aruba wonders why the story does not go away. It is because Beth Twitty does not go away. Beth Twitty discusses her “International Safe Travels Foundation” and her daughter Natalee. As she speaks to more and more people the message is twofold and similar to other woman’s message on empowerment, be aware and protect yourself.
Earlier today I caught up with Beth Twitty while she was coming from her speechÃ‚ for the Wisconsin Sheriffs in Madison, WI. (Greta Van Susteren’s old stomping grounds.)Ã‚ Catching her in the airport seems to be a knack of mineÃ‚ these days. Beth told me that she still has not heard anything regarding the civil case in NYC; however, she continue speaking to law enforcement and students regarding “Safe Travel” and gaining more states to independently endorse her “Safe Travels” program.
I was also able to tell Beth that Aruba is announcing that their airplane passengers to Aruba were down for the first 6 months of 2006. Beth was not aware of today’s Amigoe article due to the busy schedule with her Madison speech and running to the airport. We further went on to discuss the fact that American passengers were down 11.5% while Colombians increased by 14.3%. That will be a major issue in the not too distant future. That discussion is for a future post.
What Aruba has not figured out is the the clock will never stop, that will allow their tourism to rebound. The reason is because the Natalee Holloway disappearance does not go away. Aruba thought it would in one week, they had planned on it. Beth Twitty’s speaking engagements discuss safe travel, but they also reference Natalee. The story will always be told, it does not go away. Beth Twitty is too strong a women to let the story go away without justice. So ever time Beth speaks to a crowd of law enforcement or students, she tried to prevent a future incident from occurring. In the process she brings up the specter of Natalee Holloway and Aruban tourism goes down again. One would think that Aruba could figure this out.
After some more catching up on some otherÃ‚ topics, questions and theories, I heard in the back ground the call for all to shut off their cell phones. Having got Beth in trouble in the past with flight attendants and cell phones, I figured I best not press my luck this time. We are working on some things that should be coming to fruition in the not too distant future.
We wish Beth Twitty a safe flight and Godspeed.
Beth Twitty at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, KY ; International Safe Travels Foundation
Beth Twitty was at Western Kentucky University at Bowling Green, KY at the Sloan Convention Center discussing “The dangers that can exist are right around the corner from where they are within the borders or not.”
“Natalee has created a form for parents to initiate dialog with their sons and daughters. “Throughout Natalee’s disappearance we’ve learned we need to learn the infrastructure of country we’re visiting.”
That’s just one of the tips provided by Beth Holloway Twitty’s non-profit organization called “International Safe Travels Foundation.”
“The dangers that can exist are right around the corner from where they are within the borders or not. It also shows them challenges they face if they find themselves victims of crime in a foreign country.”
Having now dealt with the horrific roller coaster ride of Natalee Holloway missing in Aruba for ten months, Beth Twitty now also focuses on helping others before it is too late for them.
No more powerful and meaningful words were spoken last night by Beth Twitty during her presentation of the kick off of her teen safety awareness program, “Save Yourself”, than the following:
“I can’t find Natalee,” she said. “It’s too late for me and my daughter, but it’s not too late for you.”
This is a wake up call to parents and teenagers alike. Please learn from the terrible events that Beth Twitty and the Holloway family has experienced in the disappearance of Natalee Holloway in Aruba. The reason why this story has legs is that it could have been anyone of us. Every honest individual knows that even though you try to prepare your teenagers for the real world, it is a dangerous place. Compounded even further when in a foreign country with customs and laws that are so drastically different.
One of the main points that Beth Twitty stressed to the crowd was, “She never saw this coming. She was blindsided.” In an island paradise that is reported as safe individuals on vacation let their guard down. There is a sense that nothing bad can happen. In the world we live in today, this is usually the exact setting for those looking to take advantage of others.
“She never saw this coming. She was blindsided,” Twitty told the crowd of about 500. “Natalee had a false sense of security with her many friends there. She was too confident, she felt safe and she let her guard down for a moment and in that moment she was taken.”
Beth Twitty went on to mention many ways in which teens can keep safe when traveling abroad and not to ever let their defenses down. The disappearance of a child is a tragedy beyond comprehension for parents. This is the case for all missing persons. Beth Twitty in her comments over the past nine months has sounded no different than any of the other parents of missing children. They all will pursue their cause forever to find their children. Beth Twitty hopes that she can make a difference so no other family has to endure the pain that she has.
Holloway’s mother, Beth Twitty, said she wants to take her family’s tragedy and try to make something good come out of it.
Twitty said she is starting a non-profit group called the International Safe Travels Foundation. She told students to always be aware and to keep themselves from being unable to defend themselves.
Twitty warned that bad things can happen anywhere, not just overseas.