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Projeto Kids Brasil

Adriana runs Projeto Kids Brasil, and earlier this year she ran a fundraising event to send clothes to Brazil for children who are in need. We caught up with Adriana to find out a bit about what she did and how the event went. 

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I have been living in London for 14 years. I came from Brazil to study and then began to work here. After 3 years I met Ray, my husband and we now have 3 children who are 9, 5 and 2 years old.

Tell us a little bit about the recent event you organised: what did you do, and what inspired it?

Since I arrived here I could see so much waste – clothes and food being thrown away, and my first thought was that this waste could help a lot of people in Brazil. So I began to collect clothes, shoes etc and keep them in my loft.

In 2010 I held a party to raise money so I could send all that I had collected to Brazil. We sent around a tonne of clothes! After that I started collecting clothes again, we held a second party and sent another tonne of clothes and shoes.

After a few years of not being able to do much whilst I had children, I met a few friends – Cristina and Vanessa – who knew of some families in need. So we decided to host another party to raise money to help them.

We organised the event in just a few weeks and our Connect Group helped spread the news about the party. I also knew some Brazilian / Chelsea footballers who we invited to come to the party. They were very kind in lending us their time and their names to help!

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How did the event go? Did many people attend and was it a success? 

The party was a real success! We had about 250 people there and I was really surprised how much people love to help others.

What are your plans for the future? 

We will definitely do a lot more events in the future, but we do need volunteers to help the project to move forward. We need people who can help us make a website, post pictures and so much more. We know that we have so much potential but we need some people who can help us in these ways.

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If people would like to find out more or get involved, how can they do that?

We have our fun page on Facebook and people can leave a message there until we are able to make our website.

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Photos courtesy of Otto Funk Photograph and Achei Londres. See more photos from the event here

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