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The winner of “In the Footsteps of OKD” competition were Ohavní horníci, followed by wheelchair users

The winner of “In the Footsteps of OKD” competition were Ohavní horníci, followed by wheelchair users

Karviná (14 December 2010) – The first year of competition that brought people to visit places connected to mining or improved thanks to non-profit organisations supported by OKD Foundation, was won by a group of ninth graders from the Elementary school in Vratimov in Frýdek-Místek region who call themselves Ohavní horníci. “We have nothing against miners. On the very contrary, the competition which took us e.g. to a training drift of Paskov Mine, made the students far more respectful to miners. The name of our team was derived from the names of two floorball teams that participated in the competition. The 9. A class from the “upper” school is called Horníci, while the 9. B class team is called Ohavníci,“ explained Zdeněk Oršulík, the teacher, who accompanied the students during their tour. The pupils from Kamarád club in Karviná, where the evaluation took place, received a cheque in the amount of CZK 20 000, which they shall spend on a spring trip to Prague.


The runner up in team category was the team from a special elementary school run by the Ostrava Diaconia of the Protestant Church of Czech Brethren. The silver medal is a truly unexpected success for children since most of whom went on the tour on a wheelchair. Third ranked the team called Draci made up of the second grade students from the Grammar School in Frýdek-Místek.


The winner in the category of individuals and families was the couple of David Dudzik and Darja Šlahorová from Orlová. Thanks to the competition rules for the first time in their life they became sponsors – they donated their prize of CZK 20 000 to ANIMA VIVA company from Opava, namely to Kafárna in Ostrava-Poruba which employs handicapped persons. The runner up was the Ondrej family from Ostrava who donated the prize of CZK 10 000 to Royal Rangers, a tourist club from Ostrava. Dan Toma with his partner, who finished third, donated the bonus of CZK 5 000 to Občanské sdružení svatá Barbora (Civil Association of Saint Barbara) that takes care of orphans of deceased miners.


The participants in the competition were to visit at least three out of ten destinations, such as e.g. the Mining Museum, the nature trail around Ema tip heap or the training drift of Paskov Mine, but also the Christian labyrinth in Bělá or the marmosets pavilion in Ostrava ZOO. The tourists entered the notes about their trips into the on-line logs on


By the project the miners wished to pay tribute to the work of miners and to remind people of the history of mining as well as the current changes in Northern Moravia, to which the OKD Foundation also contributes. “There are remarkable technical monuments in our region, which are mostly unknown. Also attractive places are emerging. We sought to link the history with the presence, while exploiting the popularity of  the Internet, among young people in particular. Hundreds of contestants could see for themselves that the footsteps of coal are not black only,“ said Petra Mašínová, the OKD Chief PR and Communication Officer and the Chairperson of the OKD Foundation Board of Directors.


Vladislav Sobol, OKD, a.s. spokesman


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