This year, for the first time, we were joined for UTW Day by peeps in South America, to be precise, in Mococa, Brazil, located in the state of São Paulo!
UTW supporter Guilherme Ferracoli found us on Facebook and immediately loved what UTW is about: connecting people. He told his friend Felipe Chagas about us who became his ally, and only two weeks before June 11th, they announced that they wanted to organize an official event for UTW Day 2016 in their hometown.
Since there was not enough time to use the regular postal service, we sent them our Organizers’ Gift Package – containing two t-shirts, a flag and a bunch of stickers – via Fedex, and after calling Fedex and the Brazilian customs office every day, Guilherme was able to get it released just in time on Friday, the day before the event!
Guilherme’s and Felipe’s excitement was infectious; many of their friends, neighbors and classmates followed their call. Even the local press got wind of it, and Guilherme was interviewed on public television! On June 11th, a group of almost 30 people got together to start the day with a hike on the ‘trilha do cipó’, a path leading through a forest on the outskirts of Mococa.
After the hike, they planted trees – mogno-brasileiro, pau-jangada, embaúba, pau-cigarra, and many others – to help restore the eco system. Mococa’s UTW Day celebrations ended with a picnic on a meadow underneath a mango tree where Guilherme and his friends shared food and ideas.
Also, Guilherme had asked everyone to bring extra food, like packaged milk, rice, beans, etc., to support Casa Abrigo, an organization that feeds children of poor families. Many bags were donated and taken to Casa Abrigo the next day.
To find out more about the event in Mococa, Brazil, please visit their official FB Page.