By: M. Gonçalves
On Saturday the 25th of June, Projeto Mãos na Massa's collaborative event with the One Goal project took place at Graded School. For those unfamiliar with the One Goal project, it is another non-governmental organization led by St. Paul’s students that focuses on different forms of community service every month. For instance one month they raise school equipment for underprivileged children, in the following month they raise clothes for homeless people, etc. These two NGOs came together and assembled a 2nd world cup, with football games for children of ages 8-12 and for older age categories in 16-22.
The event began at 9:00am and ran until 6:00pm with numerous football matches taking place throughout the day. In the games for the younger category, the participants were St. Paul’s students and children that game from local day care centers, who were also very enthused with the other games they had available, such as, a frisbee competition, a bean bag throwing game, table tennis, and others. Throughout their games, the children’s passion and excitement was explicitly visible, as they cheered, laughed, and gave it their all, in what seemed to them like the official world cup.
As for the older category, the players were split into 8 teams, all representing a different sponsor who donated to the project. The 8 companies featured in the sponsorships were: eB Capital, Patria Investimentos, Alta Diagnósticos, Track & Field, Bolsa de Imóveis, Natural One, TechCorp and Genial Investimentos. Aside from each team representing their respective sponsorship on their jersey, countless banners displayed the logos of these sponsored companies throughout the school. After a series of competitive games, team Alta were crowned champions after going undefeated in the tournament, all of which was announced in the final presentation held on a stage before the players, their families and spectators.
Overall, through the tournament entry fee, a variety of foods and drinks sold, and donations, Projeto Mãos na Massa raised R$ 114,723.00 which will certainly be very useful in continuing to aid their immensely valuable causes. Also, there were more than 300 people that participated in the day of the event, including athletes, parents, volunteers and other spectators.
To learn more about Projeto Mãos na Massa, read our other article that details the creation of the project. For more on the One Goal project, access @onegoalproject on Instagram to keep up to date with their cause.