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|Dan Hobbs stands on top of Matterhorn Peak in Colorado in 2011. The father of two is setting out Thursday, Aug. 22, to climb 57 Colorado mountains in under 30 days to raise funds for Save the Children. Photo credit: Forrest Hobbs.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (Aug. 22, 2013) — Going to the top of the mountain to help Save the Children is not enough for Dan Hobbs.
Today, the Minneapolis resident will set out to climb 57 mountains — the Colorado "fourteeners" — in under 30 days to raise funds for the international relief and development organization. Each mountain stretches above 14,000 feet.
"Climbing the 57 Colorado 'fourteens' was a lofty goal, and will be harder than just about anything else I've done up to this point," said Hobbs, 28, who is president of HSL Rentals, a rental real-estate company in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul area. "The sheer physical and mental difficulty of it also serves as a great way to get people's attention to a higher cause — afflicted and oppressed people and children."
A father of two young kids, Hobbs says being a parent has helped spark "his motivations for helping other children," and led him to his decision to take on this mountainous feat to raise funds for Save the Children.
"Realizing that the millions of persecuted and afflicted kids around the globe are no different than my kids — but are subject to the terrors of war and famine — this makes me even more motivated to help," said Hobbs. "Save the Children works in a variety of ways across the globe, protecting and saving kids. They are also developing a better future for children, so these kids and their eventual children won't need to live in the current conditions and be afflicted by such great hardships.
Hobbs — who began mountain climbing with his father, who will be joining him for portions of the trek — says he will be averaging roughly 7,000 vertical feet and nearly 20 miles of ground per day.
"Using this to raise awareness and money for afflicted kids was a pretty easy decision. Carrying it out is going to be quite a bit more difficult," he said. "I am a climber and a runner, so this was a great combination of the two, and probably about as extreme of an endeavor as I could have chosen."
Robin Van Etten, Senior Director of Individual Giving at Save the Children, said the organization is very thankful Hobbs has decided to take on this lofty challenge to benefit Save the Children.
"We're grateful to Mr. Hobbs and his efforts on behalf of Save the Children. Donations like these help us to be as effective as possible in improving the lives of children here in the U.S. and around the world," she said.
To learn more about Hobbs' fundraising venture, visit www.rundanrun.org or www.facebook.com/danisrunning.
Save the Children is the leading independent organization for children in need, with programs in 120 countries, including the United States. We aim to inspire breakthroughs in the way the world treats children, and to achieve immediate and lasting change in their lives by improving their health, education and economic opportunities. In times of acute crisis, we mobilize rapid assistance to help children recover from the effects of war, conflict and natural disasters. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.