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The joy of reunion - 1st Spring Festival SMF

It was really wonderful to be able to meet again and be together for a relaxed schedule, with activities for the whole family at the 1st Spring Festival organized by SMF in partnership with Mariápolis Park, in Vargem Grande Paulista - SP, on Saturday 9/25.

The joy of the reunion hung in the air while the activities of:

  • Material reuse workshop

  • Storytelling for children

  • Inflatable toys for kids to enjoy, with professional instructors and proper supervision

  • Execution of Peace Mandala

The Brechó Solidário (solidarity thrift store) was the ideal opportunity to put into practice the idea of ​​the circular economy, which proposes a change in the entire way of consuming, from product design to our relationship with raw materials and waste. Through Brechó Solidário, it was possible to offer an appropriate space for the display of items donated by so many people, to whom we are immensely grateful!

Both the people who made their donations and those who purchased the items felt happy and fulfilled to participate in this stream of good that aims at fraternal and harmonious coexistence among everyone and with the common house that hosts everyone.

SMF finds its breath by acting in actions like this, as the need to work ever closer together in view of the regeneration of society and sustainability of the planet is undeniable.

We thank all those who collaborated with SMF for the realization of the 1st Spring Festival! A very special thank you to the association of residents of Mariápolis Ginetta for providing inflatable toys for the joy and fun of children and to the managers of the Mariápolis Park for making the space available for the occasion.

All resources from this event will be donated to our social projects and to the maintenance of the SMF's main office.

A huge thank you to everyone!

Below are comments from some of the event's participants as well as from some members of the SMF board:

Joelma Barbosa Camargo: “I have no words to express how wonderful the 1st Spring Festival event organized by SMF was. It was possible to feel the strong involvement and love of everyone in giving themselves to others by supporting social projects”.

Ana Luiza Camoles Camargo (12 years): “I thought the meeting was very nice and beneficial. The organization, the toys and the joy that we could see in the children's faces was incredible”.

Flavia Fonseca da Silva: “The thrift store in the context of the I Spring Festival of SMF - brought a joy of belonging, because the prices were very attractive and the products were of excellent quality! In addition to helping social projects, this event helped to improve the self-esteem of people with less purchasing power. I was happy to have participated and to have sold some items that I took”.

Zeliana Grangeiro – Representante da Comissão Gestora do Parque Mariápolis: “O primeiro festival da primavera. O primeiro de muitos. Assim esperamos. Foi uma oportunidade para receber pessoas de outros bairros e de outras comunidades. Foi uma tarde linda, de festa".

Sérgio Previdi – CEO – SMF: “The 1st Spring Festival was a clear expression of SMF's commitment to the most disadvantaged people in our society. The thrift store activity within the Spring Festival was a demonstration of how the circular economy, where everything is reused, can make a difference in reducing social inequality. When contemplating the meeting of people from different social classes sharing the same space of communion of goods, I saw that the Current of Good progresses”.

André Prevatto – Project Manager – SMF: “Events like this one to attract people, in addition to providing more resources to help more people, convey our own values, building bonds, care and a culture of communion through the circular economy”.

Vaudete Bueno – Manager of the SMF Office: “We were amazed at the generosity of the people, who collaborated in various ways: through donations and making their talents and time available. Thanks to the participation of so many, we achieved our goal, not only in terms of the amount collected, but mainly through the synergy and bonds built with everyone".

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