Gerardo Lissardy, from the BBC recently paid a visit and was keen to find out about the unique community project that we fund.
[lightbox title=”lightbox title” big_image_url=”http://localhost:19020/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/alienstuff_small.jpg” type=”image” align=”right”]http://localhost:19020/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/alienstuff_small.jpg[/lightbox]Every couple of months Alien Rock have been donating unused equipment, which we’ve been flying out to Rocinha favela in Rio. Used children’s shoes, harnesses, chalk bags and technical equipment are all being put to good use. These are all flown out by Stu on a British Airways Boeing 777 who kindly offer carriage free of charge. The picture below shows a pair of Alien Rock’s shoes that have been resoled in Brazil. Currently, all climbing equipment has to be imported as Brazil doesn’t have any local producers. This means that it is often prohibitavely expensive. Resoling shoes for the local climbing community is also one way that the local children can generate income and help themselves.
Our partner project in Rio have linked up with a great organisation called Saude Crianzas. They run various medical programs which benefit local children from the Favelas, in and around Rio, and were particularly interested to find out about the project. Andrew gave a talk and showed some videos about rock climbing to a group of children which they were fascinated by. The children present all had brothers or sisters with serious medical issues and Saude Crianzas have started a program to ensure that they don’t get neglected and fall prey to negative influences.
These charitable connections are really important and something that our partners have spent a lot of time developing, so that they’re not working in isolation. We’re particularly keen to help build on the good work that they’ve been doing and look forward to a close working partnership.
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