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Female Skate Projects Work Together to Help Ingrid

By Valentina Diaz
V. Diaz, a journalist and passionate skateboarder is a full-time writer for SHIT®️ Magazine.

 

Skateboarding is a global community. Every day we see a lot of projects that work for skaters' wellbeing, even in areas with a lack of resources. However, this is the Divas Skateras case from Brazil, an amazing collective who found Ingrid's story and immediately began to work on helping her.

Divas Skateras is a Brazilian collective that has been working on female skateboarding for 14 years accross Brazil. They have more than 48 thousand followers on Facebook and 10 thousand on Instagram.

 

 

This project has a strong name because of its collaborative work between Brazilian skateboarding leaders who made the female community stronger. As Estefania Lima, Divas' founder said, "we accompanied so many generations and it means a lot to me".

Divas started with the idea to unite Brazilian girls and so they did. "We wanted to go out and motivate girls to start, continue and never stop to skate, recording videos, taking photoshoots. Divas always have had space for everyone, from the beginners to the pro skateboarders, it's a project to cover all kinds of skater girls," said Lima in an exclusive for SHIT Magazine.

  

 

 

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Through donations, Divas continues doing its works and supporting more girls. An event that represents it is "Divas Sessions Day", a great and original event concept not seen before in other countries. "It's a meeting that is held in 13 Brazilian states at the same time and it's also organized independently by girls and for girls", added Divas Skateras founder.

This project hadn't been just supporting skaters, but also graffiti artists, DJs, MCs and jugglers. As Lima says, "It's a huge urban culture and fraternization among its participants. We collect money to help social causes in their cities".

This year has been difficult for many people, but Estefania and the Divas team are still working to help people. So she spotted Ingrid's story and immediately began to do something that could help her, she looked for some support from the Skateboarding Women Latin American Network and she found it.

 

Ingrid' Story

 

Enough motivation was there to start a campaign to help Ingrid Barbosa to solve a part of what she needs right now. She is a 21 years old girl from Fortaleza, Brazil. She found skateboarding as a way to escape reality and feel free. She began to skate with her friends in the streets of Fortaleza.

This city is beautiful, it is located in the Ceará state and is known for its beaches, pools, tourist places and the Pacific Ocean as it's landscape. However, Fortaleza has a lot of social inequality and for some, chances for a good life are small.

Ingrid met skateboarding and fell in love with it. "She started skating with her friends in the street where she lives. Learning new tricks has motivated her to become better at skateboarding" said Divas on their Instagram profile.

Even though Barbosa was living with financial difficulties, she never let anything stop her and always did everything to have her own things, she wanted to have a good skateboard and move forward into this sport.

Once she starts to notice a hard pain in her leg, she decides to see a doctor and find out what was going on. The news was that she was diagnosed with a disease called Thrombophilia.

This means that she was confronting clotted blood in her leg due to a genetic illness. "This disease causes the appearance of thrombus that prevents blood circulation, causing the death of her limbs", explained the collective on Instagram.

Barbosa had to lose her leg to save her body and in her recovery, she began to think about skateboarding again, but then she received news that her arm was to be amputated too.

Even with the impact of losing both extremities, she has proven how strong and full of energy she is, with a beautiful smile and attitude she has faced all of this.

 

How This Social Campaign Started 

 

"I saw Ingrid's profile and it got my attention. In 14 years I never heard about a case like this, I thought to myself that 'I can't stay still do something, I'm going to do something', so I talked with my team and then I looked for some others to join, and Micaela from Poseiden Foundation came to Divas and offered her help and that's how it started".

"Divas has different leaders and we are in the midst of a pandemic. I talked with our ambassador in Fortaleza, she contacted her and searched for more information about Ingrid's situation, at that point she had lost her leg, but then everything got worse and she lost her arm too. So I needed to start doing something right away.", Estefania said to SHIT Magazine.

They started a campaign called "Poseiden Foundation + Divas Skateras for Ingrid Barbosa,” to collect enough money to cover her expenses, build a prosthesis for her leg and her arm and guarantee the right health care.

Both organizations are receiving the money through Vaquinha for Brazil and international support via Facebook donations. "Her smile and her motivation continue, so her dreams does too!" said both collectives in their Instagram posts.

"Poseiden Foundation is the platform for the fundraising in order to get funds from countries around the world to make sure that we together can help Ingrid", said Micaela.

 

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"As we help her, she is also helping us with her story. She is a warrior and has inspired the people who have been accompanying her in this process. She is facing her situation with an amazing attitude and so much gratitude and I think that nobody does it like her, she is so motivational." Estefania told us.

Until now, the campaign is closed to accomplish the goal. More than 35 donors that amount almost 3200 Brazilian real with a finish line that is at 3500. They are really grateful for it.

Another good news is that thanks to all of the support, sharing the campaign in all the digital platforms and the good vibes, Ingrid now has a sponsor specialized in building prosthesis in Sao Paulo.

It is beautiful to think that everyone can work together for a common goal and through empathy and kindness help someone who could be me or you. 

"I saw Ingrid's profile and it got my attention. In 14 years I never heard about a case like this, I thought to myself that 'I can't stay still do something, I'm going to do something', so I talked with my team and then I looked for some others to join, and Micaela from Poseiden Foundation came to Divas and offered her help and that's how it started".

"Divas has different leaders and we are in the midst of a pandemic. I talked with our ambassador in Fortaleza, she contacted her and searched for more information about Ingrid's situation, at that point she had lost her leg, but then everything got worse and she lost her arm too. So I needed to start doing something right away.", Estefania said to SHIT Magazine.

They started a campaign called "Poseiden Foundation + Divas Skateras for Ingrid Barbosa,” to collect enough money to cover her expenses, build a prosthesis for her leg and her arm and guarantee the right health care.

 

 

 

Both organizations are receiving the money through Vaquinha for Brazil and international support via Facebook donations. "Her smile and her motivation continue, so her dreams does too!" said both collectives in their Instagram posts.

"Poseiden Foundation is the platform for the fundraising in order to get funds from countries around the world to make sure that we together can help Ingrid", said Micaela.

"As we help her, she is also helping us with her story. She is a warrior and has inspired the people who have been accompanying her in this process. She is facing her situation with an amazing attitude and so much gratitude and I think that nobody does it like her, she is so motivational." Estefania told us.

As of now, the campaign exceeded the goal of 3500 real with almost 50 donors who are helping Ingrid, to maintain herself and let her focus on her recovery. Everything that's happened makes Ingrid feel really grateful to achieve this together with the donors.

Other good news is that thanks to all of the support, sharing the campaign in all the digital platforms and the good vibes, Ingrid now has a sponsor specialized in building prosthesis in Sao Paulo.

It is beautiful to think that everyone can work together for a common goal and through empathy and kindness help someone who could be me or you.

 

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