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Shoeless in Paradise

Two Bali Expatriates Vow to Walk the Archipelago Bare-Foote Until They Raise US$1 million for Homeless Street Children of indonesia.


Robert Epstone and Beat Schmid de Guneck will be joined on the entire Bali walk by another long-term Bali resident,Frenchman Daniel Chieppa his family. Two Bali-based expatriates have resolved to walk bare-footed and keep walking until they managed to raise one million dollars to assist homeless children in indonesia.

Englishman Robert Epstone and Swiss national Beat Schmid de Gruneck have both lived extremely colorful lives before adopting Bali as their home.

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Epstone has travelled in Morocco, Nepal, Costa Rica, Malawi and Tibet . in each of these locales he has worked tirelessly to raise funds for the U.K. Teanage Cancer Trust.

Swiss-born Beat Schmid de Guneck is a life-long charter sailor who has retired to Bali.

In Bali, both men met and resolved to do what they could to aid an estimated 232,000 homeless children living on the streets of indonesia. And they decided what they could do best was to go walk barefoot on the roads of indonesia until they raise their targeted US$1 million.

Their fund raising got underway on April 20, 2011, when U.S. musician Carlton Smith performed a charity concert organized by Rotary District 3400 that raised an initial Rp. 34,731,000 (US$3,950).

The next phase of the campaign begins on June 5, 2011, where the two men will embark on a 30-day 550 km walk across Bali. The walk is intended to raise awareness for the plight of indonesia’s street children, collect pledges from interested parties around the world following them on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and their dedicated website []

Robert Epstone and Beat Schmid de Guneck will be joined on the entire Bail walk by another long-term Bali resident, Frenchman Daniel Chieppa and his family.

The three men leading the walk encourage interested people to join them on part or all of their barefoot walk by bringing pledges to their cause.

The Solemen indonesian Walk

Robert and Beat will start their 500+ km walk on June 5, 2011 from the beach opposite the Hard Rock Café in Bali, returning to the same location on July 3, 2011.

The Solemen Walking itinerary

June 5 – Kuta Beach at Hard Rock Café , Kuta Beach 2:30 pm

June 6 – Canggu 2:30 pm departure

June 7 – Tabanan

June 8 – Antosari

June 9 – Batungsel

June 10 – Ringdikit

June 11 – Siririt

June 12 – Grokgak

June 13 – Sumber Kime

June 14 – Gilimanuk

June15 – Singaraja (Staying one day)

June 16 – Singaraja

June 17 – Kubu Tabahan

June 18 –Tajun

June 19 –Penulisan

June 20 – Batur Temple

June 21 – Bangli

June 22 – Rendang

June 23 – Telaga

June 23 – Telaga

June 24 – Amlapura

June 25 –Candidasa – (Staying one day)

June 26 – Candidasa

June 27 – Semarapura

June 28 – Kemunih

June 29 – Sibang Kaja

June 30 – Renon (Denpasar)

July 1 –Benoa

July 2 – Uluwati

July 3 – Kuta Beach – Welcome Party at 6 pm on the beach opposite the Hard Rock Café

Departure is set for 6 am each day unless otherwise indicated.

[Learn, Donate or Start Your Own Barefoot Walk for the Homeless Kids of indonesia]

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