Last Friday, the She Moves Organisation held an auction to raise fonds to help poor Brazilian women going to University.
Mindwhatyouwear especially designed and offered for the auction a gala dress made from Brazilian PET (soft recycled plastic bottle) and old t-shirts. Mayra Avellar, Children’s Peace Prize winner 2008, catwalked the dress. Mayra Avellar is awarded the prize for her courageous and successful battle against extreme violence in the favela’s of Rio de Janeiro, which each year costs thousands of children their lives. Mayra grew up in one of the most violent favela’s in Rio, in the midst of a civil war between the drugs cartels and between the cartels and the police. The violence rose to such extreme levels that, when Mayra was eleven years old, the neighbourhood was cut off and became virtually inaccessible to medical and teaching staff. As a result, schools and clinics were closed. At 15 years old, Mayra mobilised hundreds of children and youths to take part in a protest march, demanding that the police cease their patrols during school hours. That march was certainly not without its risks. The police agreed to her demands and since then many children have been able to return to school. more about She Moves
Mayra Avellar, Children’s Peace Prize winner 2008, catwalked the dress