by Randy Pierce
Folks have given our video teaser some quality praise that is well earned by Team 2020 and Shoot the Moon Studios. The teaser is a marvelous look at the reasons why we are doing this project, including that particularly challenging hike up Mount Washington. However, I have been asked a few times lately, “Why a video, Randy?”
Video captures the attention, at least of sighted people, more powerfully than other mediums. Our project is attempting a full spectrum of outreach, because we believe we have a worthy message that is deserving of as many robust mediums as possible. When I give presentations to schools, community groups, and even the corporations, I want to captivate their attention and show them the magnitude of the experiences and achievements that we’ve accomplished. This video will help lend focus to my words of teamwork, goal setting, problem solving, and the two key points of believing in possibility as well as achieving through adversity. In the broader internet world, I hope our teaser piece entices people to want to see more of our story. This video answers questions and demonstrates points more powerfully than the written word. It also has more opportunity to spread virally than other mediums, and with our social media/new media push, we really hope to reach an ever-growing number of people.
This project, after all, isn’t just about climbing mountains – it has a couple of goals. In this first video, we showcase the hiking portion of the project. Ultimately, we are trying, as most charities do, to raise money for the two organizations that were fundamental in helping me transition to total blindness. Equally important is the awareness and inspiration we can bring to people. So, whether you’re are managing blindness personally or managing it in your social circle, whether you are a hiker or someone needing a little boost in your life, we believe we can provide some form of inspiration, and we hope you’ll join us on our journey.
I’ve said many times that I do not hold a monopoly on challenge, and I find it somewhat pretentious to suggest that I am an inspiration. I am proud of what we are doing, amazed and humbled by the work of Quinn and the 2020 Vision Quest team. I do think the awareness I developed in approaching adversity is valuable to share with others. When I think of how close I was to accepting any notion of things I could not accomplish, in contrast with my present confident belief and demonstration that we can all accomplish the things we work towards; I know I want to ensure that our message is available to as many people as possible.
All of our staff is donating their time and effort towards this project, and searching for ways to broaden our community. We hope to share our message and excite a community to help us share our project with others. I am also optimistic that we might become a significant financial boost for NHAB and Guiding Eyes. I truly worry for anyone going blind who might not have the fundamental services that have made an essential difference in my world. We are 2020 Vision Quest and by the year 2020, it is anticipated that there will be 32 million visually impaired people in the United States! Those numbers concern me greatly, so I’m doing my best to inspire others and to proactively aid people forced to walk blind steps behind me.
When the owner of Shoot the Moon Studios, Katherine Alix-Gaudreau, explained to me how much of her time and skills she could devote to bringing this powerful video to our community, it was an easy decision. There’s a lot more story to tell, and with a little help from some sponsors, we will be able to share more videos of our journey with everyone.
I hope you will all help us share the video, the website, and most importantly our message!