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SPECIAL: WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
The 2010 Charity Project of ROCKWOOD CLAY ADDITIVES GMBH is dedicated to poor people living in the slums of Ecuador’s biggest city, Guayaquil. For only 2,500 EUR, families having qualified to become part of this project will get a solid house helping them to leave the streets with their questionable businesses and give their lives and the lives of their children a solid and stable social environment and, most important, a better future.

The house project is organized and maintained locally by the Salesians. Financial support comes from the German charity organisation ECUADOR LICHT UND SCHATTEN which takes care on collecting money, transferring it to Ecuador and controlling and monitoring the progress of the building activities.

Two very different companies joined forces to support this unusual project and raise funds to build houses in the Guayaquil slums:
  • SPONDYLUS, a travel company based in Chile’s capital Santiago, represented by its founder and owner Hans-Martin Schmitt, and
  • ROCKWOOD CLAY ADDITIVES GMBH, a chemical company based in Moosburg, North of Munich/Germany, producing additives for paints and coatings, represented by its managing director Hubert Schiessling.

In the effort to collect enough money for at least one house in Guayaquil an ambitious goal was set: SPONDYLUS will organize a tour into the Atacama dessert in the north of Chile. There, (the) two adventurers will try to climb the Ojos del Salado, with 6893 m the highest mountain of Chile, the second highest peak of the Andes and the highest volcano on earth.

Sponsors will pay 5 ct for every altitude meter the two protagonists will get to.



More than 10 business partners of Rockwood were found as sponsors. All contributions of the sponsors will be transferred to the house project with no deductions.


PROGRESS REPORTS

10/12/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
LAST STEP COMPLETED - 6200M REACHED

After the successfull ascend of mount Lascar we did a long drive from San Pedro area to the fantastic Laguna Verde, close to Ojos del Salado. There we set up our tents for some nights. The original plan to do an acclimatization tour to the 6000m- peak San Francisco had to be skipped due to ...
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28/11/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
EIGHT DAY: SUCCESSFUL ASCENT OF LASCAR VOLCANO - 5605M

It gets a little bit more expensive for our sponsors now: We successfully completed the fitness-check at Lascar Volcano, 5605m. We drove from San Pedro de Atacama to Laguna Legia, a little lake full with Flamingos. The night at this place at about 4400m was cold, a first check for our ability to deal with low temperatures ...
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26/11/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
SIXTH DAY - 4320M

Start of the acclimatization trek - San Pedro de Atacama (2440m) to Machuca (4050m). Gentle walks along the rivers Rio San Pedro and Rio Grande which we had to cross a lot of times. As there are no bridges each cross was associated with wet shoes and feet (wet feet in the desert ...?!)
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22/11/10
WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE
MISSION READY TO START!

Finally arrived in San Pedro de Atacama in the heart of the Atacama Desert. No luggage missing. MISSION READY TO START! ...
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SPONSORS OF "WALKING HIGH FOR A BETTER FUTURE"

Rockwood
Süd-Chemie
Comindex
Heinz
Heide
Chimilab Essor
Azelis
TKB Spedition
Nüsslein Spedition
Habich
Prochem

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