After being snowed in for the last three days, and reading that Tiger Woods was voted Athlete of the Decade, my brain got to thinking. And, let me just say right off the bat, I do not care about Tiger’s fall from grace or the secret sex lives of the rich and famous. They are abundant and do not surprise – think Bill Clinton, Governor Mark Sanford, Former Governor Elliot Spitzer, David Letterman, etc.
However, what I find fascinating in this story is how much money he has allegedly been spending every month on approximatley 16 mistresses to keep their traps shut: $20,000 to $240,000 a year! So here is what I’d like to say to Tiger Woods: “Cheating is not cheap. And here are some other ways to spend your money!”
1. For a little as $10/month with www.savethechildren.org you can provide help for millions of children worldwide with emergency food and safe places to play in times of crisis. Or what about $100 worth of brand-new books to stock a library? And, by the way, did you know that 1 in 6 children in the U.S. lives in poverty?
2. Tiger, if you didn’t pay those mistresses for one year, you could help almost 1000 families in Afghanistan.
In fact, for only $58,500, you could provide tents for 300 families, or for $39,000 you could provide firewood for 300 families this winter. I’ve provided the website, Tiger, for your convenience. www.afghanwomensmission.org/help_us/donate.php
3. In case you want more options, The United Nations World Food Program http://wfp.org/1billion will help you out.
Just $5 provides supplementary food for a baby for one full year, while just $50 provides a meal every day for a school child for one full year, and $170 feeds a person for one full year.
So Tiger, every time you cheat on your wife and have to pay a mistress to shut up, would you mind at least matching those funds with donations to needy children or families? It won’t change the facts but at least you will be doing some good.