“You are not old enough to exercise solidarity,” said Arthur Moreira’s father. The 6-year-old boy became sensitive to the situation of vulnerable people in the pandemic and decided to do something to help. On his own initiative, the boy devised a strategy and proposed to the family: to sell a black plate collector’s Beetle to revert the value into food baskets.
The boy’s idea was successful. He convinced his parents and managed to sell 4,500 raffles, which turned into 450 basic food baskets, donated to people in Contagem (MG). But it did not stop there. The repercussion of the solidarity act also got a special milk supply for an NGO for seven months.
Mechanical engineer Eduardo Moreira, the boy’s father, told echoes who acquired the 1980 Beetle five years ago. He found the car at a store that, oddly enough, bore his son’s name. When he saw the license plate emblazoned with “Arthur,” he was sure that car was meant to be his.
“My son was a year and a few months old when I bought the car. It’s a black collector’s license plate. It’s the second I’ve ever bought. he said it was Arthur’s. When he started reading, the first thing he identified was his name on the car. And he got it in his head that it was his car,” he recalled.
One day this year, the family was gathered in front of the TV watching a report on the difficulties faced by the population during the pandemic, with many people going hungry. It was the trigger for arousing concern in the boy and sharing with his parents the desire to put solidarity into practice.
“He came and said: ‘Dad, since the car is mine, I wanted to do something with it that could help these people.’ I thought: not selling the car. Let’s do a raffle to mobilize more people. I made a video of it and shared it with friends. We sold 4,500 raffles of this car. And we managed to revert to 450 basic food baskets. They were donated everywhere. People I didn’t even know were having difficulties hit there asking for a basket,” detailed Eduardo Moreira.
In the video, which went viral on social networks, little Arthur calls internet users to embark on his social mission. “Hi guys. How are you? I’m 6-year-old Arthur. I had a really cool idea and I came to tell you. I wanted to do a raffle with this Beetle here, look. And with the money, I’ll buy baskets basic food and I’ll give it to those who don’t have anything to eat. Come on, guys. Help me in this process,” said the boy.
The raffle, however, had no winner. Arthur’s father was once again surprised by his son’s empathy.
“I said: Arthur, there was no winner. Now what? He had an old bicycle and he joined one thing to the other. ‘Oh, so let’s sell the car, Dad. We’ll change my bike and buy the rest of the special milk and donate it for a children’s NGO,” he said.
The Beetle was then announced for sale. A family friend became interested and the deal ended up being closed. But payment did not arrive in cash.
Businessman Willian de Oliveira, who bought the vehicle, explained: “I will supply 57 cans of a special milk per month for seven months to an NGO. Each can of this one costs an average of R$50. This entire offer will reach R$20,000. , which is the estimated value of the car.”
The buyer explained that he likes old cars and also social actions. When he saw the ad on social media, he decided he could help.
“It was a random purchase. Although I like old cars, I’m not a collector. It’s my first black plate. I saw Eduardo’s post about the raffle. I bought some, I think there were 30. And I wasn’t drawn. I was willing to exchange the car for milk, I felt compelled to help,” he continued.
The businessman confesses that he always supported solidary work, but that he had suspended his participation during the pandemic until he saw Arthur’s call.
“I felt indebted. So, this was an opportunity to solve two things at the same time. I feel happy to be able to help, but I’m also pleased to achieve the goal set by Arturzinho,” he said.