GoFundMe is a crowd sourcing site used to generate income for various projects and charities. We all know that though right? Well Avi Weisfogel has decided to use it in a way that’s well new. Avi isn’t asking for money for himself, or his company, instead he is asking for money to donate to Operation Smile.
Operation Smile is an international charity that assist in providing surgery for children born with cleft palate, cleft lip, and other facial deformities. “Operation Smile believes that every child deserves exceptional surgical care and that all children deserve to be treated as if they were our own. The organization wants to ensure that every child knows no matter what life throws at them, they will always have hope.” as stated by Avi in a recent interview. His belief is that every child deserves the very best care available.
The charitable organization founded in 1982 assist with providing on location medical care. While it was originally founded to operate in the Philippines it now operates on a global level. Operation Smile provides medical equipment, training, and personal through it’s location specific missions.
Avi Weisfogel hopes to raise $2000 to donate to the charity so he can do his part in helping children to have hope. Providing children with surgeries that they otherwise could not obtain does indeed create hope. Hope that when we are faced with adversity there is a way to over come it, that there are people in the world with a mission to support each other in overcoming the hurtles that our world throws at us. Check out Avi’s YouTube video here.
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I have heard the story of Yeonmi Park many times over the years as I have looked through the difficult relationship between North and South Korea, and through her inclusion on the BBC’s Top 100 Women list. I was pleased to discover Park will be giving the Timothy and Sharon Ubben Lecture at DePauw University after reading a new story on the DePauw website. The speech Yeonmi Park gives will coincide with the release of Park’s book In Order To Live and will see her join the likes of President Bill Clinton, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and NFL quarterback Andrew Luck in giving the lecture that dates back to 1986.
Yeonmi Park has chosen to tell the story of her own escape from North Korea as a way of making sure her own story and that of those who are still trapped in North Korea does not go unheard. Park’s family decided to escape the oppressive regime of North Korea after her father lost his job in the civil service and was forced into a labor camp after he traded with Chinese nationals to provide food for his family during a drought. With the family on the brink of starvation the decision was made for them to cross into China and make their way to the safety of South Korea on a journey taking almost two years to complete. Since arriving in South Korea Yeonmi Park has worked as a human rights activist and now acts as a spokesperson for North Korean refugees.
The lecture at DePauw University will be free to enter and is followed by a question and answer session with the speaker. Yeonmi Park will be the youngest speaker at the annual event in its history as the speech will be given just one day after her 22nd birthday. many, like myself, are interested to hear about the harrowing journey that initially saw only Yeonmi Park and her mother survive the journey to the South Korean embassy in Mongolia before Yeonmi’s sister made her way to the family five years after their 2009 arrival in South Korea.
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