Hey everyone, I just wanted to start off by wishing everyone a happy new year! Because this is my first post on this blog, it is going to be a general recap of the two pasts months more than anything else. That being said, if you are already caught up with my story so far, then feel free to click away, there is no shame in it.
Now, because there has been so much that has happened in the last two months, I think that it would be best to start at the beginning. My fundraising began during the first week of November in 2017, just after Halloween had come to a close. Knowing that my dream could soon become a reality, I put the pedal to the metal and set out to make it come true. However, I would need some guidance, and that is where Steve Carlson came in. Mr. Carlson had been (and still is) one of my fathers best friends. Because Steve already ran a Non-Profit full time, and because he loved to help guide those big dreamers in our world, he agreed to mentor me. It was then, in these last two months, that he has guided me to my dream, ever so gently prodding me along to do bigger and better things.
The second part of the story of the two short months has to do with the prep work outside of fundraising. There is, as many of you would have guessed, a lot of different moving parts that go into working at a teenage peace core for three weeks in China. As of now, I have taken my passport photos, and they are being reviewed. Hopefully, I should be able to attain my passport in the coming weeks, but until then I must wait. Along with this, I have also applied for a tourist visa (as one is needed regardless of why you are going.) Lastly, I still need to see a travel doctor before I leave. As most of you could imagine, it would not be very fun to visit a country to help the people there and end up needing to be helped yourself.
All in all, that really sums it up. On paper, it might not seem like much, but for a fifteen-year-old, it takes a lot to fundraise almost seven thousand dollars. So far, I have almost raised enough to cover the general costs, and now all that is left is the flight and secondary expenses. However, I cannot take all of the credit. Without people like you who have so kindly donated, I would not be where I am now, so your kindness means a lot to me. Have a great rest of your day, and I will update you again when I can.
– Oscar Clement