March 1, 2008

Clean up Australia day

TOPtoTOP in Hawkesbury Courier!
TOPtoTOP on Channel 9 (wait till the ad is over)!

TOPtoTOP in NZZ (Swiss newspaper)!

From Sydney we cycled to the Blue Mountains. Where we spent our Clean up Australia day with students from Glenbrook. All students have been champions in collecting trash and all became winners in the TOPtoTOP trash collecting contest! We are looking now for a "Swiss chocolate donor" as a price for this wonderful young proud people.

Thanks to Steven Bod and Cath Walker's familiy we visited Hawkesbury High School, see also the article in the Hawkesbury Gazette. Salina was the first time our technical assistant on the computer.

Thanks to Jenny and Michael we were able to stay the whole week at their place in Glenbrook where we have been at St Finbars primary School:

Ron Brewster a film maker and friend of Jenny and Michael just made an intervew with us. It will be on TVS in every capital city in Australia!

Tracey McManus organized 3 other schools: The first was Faulconbridge Public School:

Next was "Our Lady of the Nativity School" in Lawson:

Next was Warrimoo Public School:

Tracey and Peter had a very special surprise for us in the person of their friend Steve Boys. With his program "snakes are our mates" he travels from school to school to educate students about the reptiles in Australia. Salina and Andri know now more about snakes, lizards, frogs, turtles and even crocodiles.

After all this busy work we take some time off on the weekend to enjoy this climbers paradise in the Blue Mountains:

Dario is quite proud of Salina's skills!
Posted by dario at 3:13 AM

March 11, 2008


Our view from the shed we lived in during our school visits in Goulburn. It's on the property Wombat Creek, 15 km out of Goulburn owned by family Christine, Urs, Samuel and David Walterlin.

After the Blue Mountains we have been shortly back in Sydney to meet John Anderson to discuss stability regulations for the Sydney to Hobart Yacht Race and to celebrate Sabine's birthday.
Thank you Mercedes to look after Salina and Andri so that I was able to invite Sabine to Carmen! It is not an easy jop, exspecially with Andri:

Andri out of controll for 2 seconds, - eaven when you put your lipstick in a safe, he managed to do it!

On the way to Goulburn we visited:

Canterbury Public School and Canterbury Girls high School.

In Menai we had 550 students at the Inaburra School.

In the art gallery of Goulburn we met students of the Tambelin Independent School, the Goulbern Public School and the Tiranna Public School last Friday afternoon...

... and at night there was a public presentation for the people of Goulburn.

Yesterday morning Goulbern West Public School enyoied the TOPtoTOP presentation and also pariticipated in the TOPtoTOP Climate Solution Contest!

Goulburn High School erm was in the afternoon.

Today there was a TOPtoTOP presentation at the Wollondilly Public School...

... and the Mulwaree High School.

Thanks to our great "Goulburn organizers Urs Walterlin and Bill Dorman who made these presentaions possible. The family Walterlin also orgtainzed us a Motel for the first night in town, a hair cut for Sabine and a breakfast at the Greengrocer Restaurant. At the weekend they organized a big barbeque that was also fun for the kids. Thank you so much family Walterlin and friends!
Posted by dario at 4:35 AM