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    Steven Schwalbert at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro – 19,341 feet above sea level.

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

    The view from the top of Africa

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

    The early part of the trail to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

    Experiencing the beauty of Africa on the climb

  • Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

    Sunrise from the top of Mount Kilimanjaro

SPX Employee Climbs Mount Kilimanjaro to Help African People in Need

Steven Schwalbert’s journey with SPX began in the United States as an intern at the Research and Development Center for SPX Cooling Technologies in Kansas City, Missouri. His latest step is working for SPX as an associate engineer in Nigel, South Africa. Due to its relative proximity, he recently took a side trip to climb the highest peak in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro.

While his primary motivation for the climb was achievement of a personal goal, Steven also recognized that it would be a good way to bring attention to organizations in Africa that are helping people in need there.

“In my research, I came across the idea of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for a charity and decided to do it,” he said. “I saw it as a good opportunity to bring awareness to the very difficult situations for people that I’ve seen while working in South Africa. My fund-raising effort was for organizations that I had a personal connection with due to meeting some of their staff members. I also liked their approaches and focus on critical needs.”

Steven contacted friends and family members about his plan to climb Mount Kilimanjaro and suggested that they celebrate the experience with him by helping someone who is less fortunate. He offered two examples of groups making a difference in Africa. They included an orphanage in Kenya and an aid society in South Africa that is helping people overcome health, education and employment challenges.

Steven achieved his goals of raising funds for these organizations and completing the climb.