Portugal, in the small town of Sintra, 25 km West of Lisbon, Praia Grande: tackling the issue was the mission at the Mercedes-Benz Portugal beach clean-up. Volunteers were actively supported by 14 refugees from Syria, Sudan, and Iraq, as well as 25 youths from Brazil, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, and Cape Verde. A truly international project. Instructors told beach clean-up teams what to do and split up over 60 helpers in teams of two. Equipped with gloves and massive garbage bags they cleared plastic waste to make the beach a little cleaner. All in all, volunteers collected 20 kilograms of garbage.
After finishing the clean-up, the heterogeneous, international team was also given the opportunity to attend different workshops, learn new things, and have fun together. And our big team grew into a kind of family on this day, having plenty of fun. Once again, solid proof of the positive energy a shared experience can release.