Hiking Against Hunger
Local EMT Takes On Challenge While Working a 48 Hour Work Week at Stewarts Ambulance in Somersworth.
For many New Englanders, hiking is an enjoyable pastime that not only allows them to explore the natural beauty of New Hampshire but also get fit. Many of those hikers set themselves challenges and this is exactly what Matt Blair, a 24 year old EMT Supervisor with Stewart’s Ambulance in Somersworth, did.
He set himself the personal challenge of hiking 48 peaks in New Hampshire that rose above 4,000 feet. As if that was not challenging enough, he also set a time limit to complete the challenge in 48 days, and all while he was working a 48 hour work week.
Not sure about you but I was tired just thinking about this but Matt put it this way, “I wanted to challenge myself. I’ve done the 4,000 footers before but never in that kind of time limit. For me it was a personal challenge to be able to do that and incorporate that charity was super fun for me.”
That charity would be in the form of No Kid Hungry, a charity that helps ensure kids receive a square meal each and every day. The original aim of the challenge was to raise $480.
So throughout April and May almost every spare moment was spent climbing the 48 peaks within the 48 hour time frame. He completed his challenge in a total of 47 days and 1 hour. According to Matt he had to turn around a couple of times and had to redo those peaks but it is obvious to anyone who talks to Matt that hiking is his love.
Some of the hikes he took alone but most were accompanied and on several occasions he was accompanied by co-workers from his shift at Stewart’s Ambulance.
Unbeknownst to Matt, his employer Stewart’s Ambulance received word of what he was doing and began to promote his achievement as the challenge progressed. As the challenge drew to an end, the company announced, much to Matt’s delight, that they would be matching any funds he raised. At the time of writing, funds raised were just over $3,500 before the match was made. Matt never expected the match and is quick to thank Stewarts for its support.
When I asked Matt, if he would do it again, he replied, “Yes, I would do it again, but I don’t know about the 48 hour time frame but there are plenty of other hiking challenges waiting for me.”
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