PORTO, Portugal, April 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On April 2nd, 93 countries across the globe including the U.S.A., Taiwan, Portugal, Uganda, Poland, Italy, Spain, and Argentina, participated in International Good Deeds Day 2017. Enthusiasm around this international day of good increases every year, with millions joining-in to do a good deed for the benefit of others.
Businesswoman and philanthropist Shari Arison, initiator of Good Deeds Day, said: "All you need to be part of Good Deeds Day is the will to do good, and to give of yourself to benefit others. Launched 11 years ago in Israel, it has crossed borders, becoming an internationally unifying day because of the simple idea behind it, and the ability of each and every person to connect to it and take part."
Portugal joined Good Deeds Day this year, kicking-off the event in Porto on Friday, March 31st with numerous projects. On the day itself, a central event was held in the city's main square, Praça dos Poveiros, attended by H.R.H. Duarte Pio, Duke of Braganza, who participated with many others in fun family activities such as concerts, Live Painting, and yoga classes. Alongside was an NGO fair showcasing the work of more than 30 nonprofits. Additionally, the Soccer League broadcast audio and video messages of Good Deeds Day, during breaks in the weekends' games.
Here are some of the central activities that took place in 2017:
Rome, Italy: Beginning a week before Good Deeds Day, more than 100,000 volunteers participated in activities at nonprofits across the city, which then continued on April 2 with the Roma Marathon and an NGO fair held at the finish line.
Moldova: Over 50 volunteer projects involving 1,000+ volunteers occurred including cleaning parks, painting playgrounds, visiting hospitals, and assisting at zoos. At the closing of Good Deeds Day 2017, an open-air festival was held with performances by Moldavian pop stars.
Kenya: Nairobi held a Good Deeds Day Peace March in addition to an exhibition featuring performances and 100 exhibitors from the government, corporations, universities, and civil society organizations, all presenting volunteer activities they undertook within Kenyan communities.
Taiwan: Supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local organizations some 90,000 people participated in many activities including a park cleanup, Happy Night Run, CPR training, and blood donation.
Brazil: In Sao Paulo, performances, entertainment, and diverse activities led by several nonprofit organizations took place. Across Brazil, 100,000 people took part in 500 projects.
Mexico: Doing good activities were held across Mexico City, including a chief event on the main avenue, Paseo de la Reforma, with musical entertainment and a fair highlighting the work of nonprofits to the public.
USA: Good Deeds Day reached all 50 states through partnerships established with organizations and nonprofits across the entire country. On Friday, March 31st, a representative from The Ted Arison Family Foundation rang the closing bell at NASDAQ.
Israel: In the country where Good Deeds Day first started, 1.5 million took part in this annual celebration of good that crosses all cultures, religions, and ages.
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