GIRO had more than 600 volunteers
Porto, Braga, Amarante, Lisbon, Loures, Cascais, Faro, Loulé, Funchal, Coimbra and Guarda. Almost every part of Portugal. More than 600 volunteers, 15 institutions and 49 companies. Another edition, more volunteers, more beneficiaries and more areas of activity.
We are talking about GIRO – GRACE, Intervene, Recover and Organize, the biggest event of corporate volunteering in the country. And if numbers are always increasing, there are things that never change. In just eight hours everybody wins, the beneficiaries, the volunteers and the companies. At the end of a GIRO day, they all return home with a sense of humanity.
Since 2006, this successful project left its mark in about 65 institutions, which support children, youngsters, elders, homeless, immigrants, the community and the environment.
But this year, GIRO crossed new borders. In addition to the usual rehabilitation of institutions and environmental protection, there was a commitment to animal rights and sports inclusion.
Once again, the volunteers didn’t fail. They painted walls, but also destroyed other, put roofs, collected food for the Zoophile Union and even showed their fitness, carrying furniture. And we should not forget the numbers. The cliffs between Cascais and Guincho are now cleaner, because the 200 volunteers who were engaged in the environmental action collected more than seven tons of garbage.
GRACE’s members are eager to make a difference. Many companies have contributed, with money, volunteers or in-kind donations. In a total budget of EUR 52 000, the contributions of the members came to EUR 42 000.
Volunteering is really gaining strength in Portuguese companies. And there are no arguments against facts. Let’s see, in 11 years of activity, GRACE had 81 volunteering actions with more than 3,100 volunteers, reaching more than 13 000 beneficiaries, in a total of 50,000 hours of volunteering. According to the average monthly basic salary practiced in Portugal, these numbers represent almost half a million euros of community investment.