“Poverty isn’t just the lack of money, it’s the lack of access to the kinds of people who can help you make the most of your life,” Manny Scott (Freedom Writer)

Matt Napier believes that every person in the world should have access to the four basics of live – food, water, healthcare and education.  As such he has dedicated his life to being a voice for the world’s poor and is an active an anti-poverty advocate.

Nepal will always carry a special place in Matt’s heart as it was the poverty he saw there that became the inspiration for all that he achieves today.  Matt believes it is possible to end poverty if we have the political and social will to do so, and has dedicated his life to this cause by raising awareness through motivational speaking and undertaking extreme adventures.

During his adventures Matt reaches out to communities along the way to learn more about the causes and effects of extreme poverty, sharing these stories with his followers emphasising the positives of how many communities are being empowered to improve their lives with assistance from organisations such as his charity partners.  Matt is continuing to learn about how to offer a ‘leg up’ rather than a ‘hand out’ and supports a range of sustainable development initiatives.

“I want to show others that we are making a difference in the level of poverty in the world – numbers have dropped over the past 20 years and will keep dropping if we invest in the correct programs to empower locals to create their own sustainable change. “ Matt Napier

Matt is currently an Ambassador for Oxfam Australia and a Champion of the Fred Hollows Foundation, aswell as being a member of the Friends for Fred group in Canberra.