About the Fundraising Project
From hauling cattle to climbing mountains, Matt Hopkins has always been about adventure. He currently has his sights set on climbing the tallest mountain in the western and southern hemispheres: Aconcagua. A professional truck driver for the past five years, Matt broke free from tradition and embraced his climbing passion to pursue a calling greater than himself.
Matt had plans to climb Mt. Aconcagua in Argentina, but climbing for personal reasons wasn’t enough. Then, recently, Matt heard an advertisement on Road Dog trucking radio on Sirius XM about Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). Looking for inspiration, an ascent for awareness about human trafficking became his mission with TAT as the recipent of the fundraising project.
In the course of roughly 3 months, Matt aims to raise at least $22,841: a significant number that represents the vertical feet he will ascend to the summit of Mt. Aconcagua. This trek will be roughly a 14 day journey (not including travel time to/from Argentina!), through which Matt will take on Aconcagua by ascending from basecamp to three other camps before attempting the summit.
Donations will be accepted until Matt reaches the summit, which is looking to be about February 12, 2014. Look for updates soon on ways to connect with Matt throughout this process.
What will the funds be used for?
The funds raised through this campaign will go directly to Truckers Against Trafficking and be used to further their mission. For those interested in a few more specifics, funds will be used to assist in:
Facilitating more Coalition Builds: one day trainings within different regions of the country that bring together local law enforcement, general managers of truck stops and travel plazas, and local anti-trafficking NGO’s to be trained by TAT and the FBI
Material creation and distribution: getting the training materials produced and shipped out to drivers, trucking schools, and trucking companies
About Truckers Against Trafficking
With the mission to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize the trucking industry TAT works to accomplish three main goals:
- Make the TAT training materials (DVD, wallet card, window decal, poster, etc.) a regular part of training and orientation for members of the trucking industry so that when they suspect human trafficking is taking place, they are able to call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-3737-888) to report actionable information
- Partner with local law enforcement agencies to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking by getting them the information on what truck drivers are experiencing
- Marshall the resources of the trucking industry to combat this crime
Matt challenges you to step outside of your comfort zone and be aware of what’s really going on around you. Educate yourself on the realities of human trafficking within the United States and consider making a tax deductible donation today!