What's this blog really about?

You may notice a variety of topics here - from business, to charity promotion, even to local news, but the primary reason this blog was created was to alert readers to the hostile atmosphere and sexual harassment at The Danville Register & Bee. The readers and creator of this blog want a FULL FRONT PAGE apology in the Danville Register & Bee, plus the disciplining of those individuals involved. Until then, we'll continue to post regular updates. To tolerate THIS kind of behavior by a major media network is intolerable. And this isn't just ONE instance. Media General has been sued nationwide for racism and sexism, yet they CONTINUE to keep the offenders employed. Why? And why am I doing this? TRUTH compels me.

Saturday, August 23, 2008

Should Quantas Airlines pay?

Corporations, for the most part, exist because people like me and you spend a lot of our money to buy their products or services. Corporations like Media General however aren't the only demon spawn of the world. I'm adding Quantas and American Airlines to the list. Why?

I've never flown Quantas and probably never will. But when a friend of mine sent me this it angered me and so I'm sharing it with you in hopes that someone, somewhere will figure out how to help Quantas do the right thing and refund $33,000 to this group of handicapped kids and their helper animals.

Karen Shirk is the executive director of 4 Paws for Ability in Xenia, Ohio, United States. Her dog trainers and three newly trained autism service dogs, were recently blocked from their flight to New Zealand. Three families who had raised the needed funds to get the dogs were waiting breathlessly for the group from the agency to arrive.

Because of a mix-up and lack of communication between American Airlines and Qantas, Qantas refused to let the dogs board without special certification. The problem remains: how does 4 Paws get a refund on the $30,000 plus that came out of 4 Paws pocket and is committed to helping other children with disabilities?

Karen Shirk was recently named one of CNN's heroes, and is a person who needs every ounce of energy she can get to advocate for children with disabilities. And run a household. And manage her own myasthenia gravis. Plus, she is in the process of adopting three beautiful children from Haiti to join Aaron, who came from Bulgaria.

The three Waikato families have been left with a $33,000 bill after Qantas blocked their Autism Assistance dogs from being taken aboard a plane at Los Angeles Airport. But the airline itself has not fronted up. To write Quantas and ask them to refund the money click here to ask Quantas what they're going to do about it. Thanks!

1 comment:

Judy said...

I concur with your comments. I'm webmaster for 4 Paws for Ability, and know first-hand of the professionalism of Karen Shirk, the ED. She paid a great deal of money and filled out many forms required by the originating airline in order to get to New Zealand and begin training the families and children with special needs.

One thing: Karen suffers from myasthenia gravis, not ALS.

Kudos again for the great post!