By: Jackie Monroe
Moment-to-Moment recently become aware of twenty-seven year old professional truck driver/rock climber Matt Hopkins and his quest to summit Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina. If that goal isn't inspiring enough for you, take a look at what Matt hopes to accomplish: raise awareness of human trafficking within the United States and also raise $22,841 (the height of Aconcagua) to benefit Truckers Against Trafficking, a Denver-based non-profit that is educating and mobilizing the trucking industry to help combat trafficking.
In February 2013, Matt plans to start his journey to Argentina and his mission to complete this once in a lifetime climb. The trip had been in the works for a while, but recently Matt heard about Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) while listening to Road Dog Trucking Radio on SiriusXM. Moved by what he heard and learned about trafficking and TAT's mission, Matt was inspired to take his adventure and turn it into an awareness and fundraising event. Using the online giving platform at CrowdRise, Matt set a goal, came up with a name for his project, and got to work. Thus, the "From Miles to Mountains" campaign was born.
Looking to achieve something greater than "just" climbing Aconcagua, Matt exhibits optimism by making a choice to do something more by using his trek to educate and inspire others. Surely his optimism and stamina will be put to the test as he prepares (mentally and physically) for the long journey ahead. But with this awesome goal to motivate his pursuit, and the many others that will be inspired to help and spread awareness, Matt can be confident in his abilities, preparation, and passion to complete the task at hand. Up, up, and away with optimism! Follow along on this exciting adventure!
In light of this spectacular goal and example, it leads us to ask:
What great thing would you attempt if you knew you could not fail? --Robert Schuller