In 2017, G5 Partners developed the “Francisco Gros Excellence Award”.
The Award annually recognizes the actions of individuals or institutions, within our relationships, that remind us of our friend and founding partner, Francisco Roberto André Gros, and the values that Francisco so exemplarily embodied.
The Award is a small tribute we pay to Francisco’s memory and legacy of dialogue, appreciation for teamwork, respect for others and, above all, commitment to building a better, more developed, and fair world.
Meet the winners
Instituto Cesar Cielo was chosen for the Francisco Gros Award in 2021.
The Institute, which has been operating since 2010, is headed by Brazilian swimmer and Olympic medalist Cesar Cielo and his mother, Flávia Cielo, and its mission is to encourage and develop competitive swimming in Brazil.
The choice to recognize the Institute was based on each of its inspirational actions which, through sport, seeks to transform and develop the world and lives of the children who participate in the projects.
The year 2020 will be marked in history. The uncertainties and difficulties imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic gave light to the social differences that exist and gave us awareness on the need to be more attentive and engaged in assuming our social responsibilities.
Thus, the Francisco Gros Excellence Award became even more special and relevant in 2020. This year, we recognized and supported Gerando Falcões, an institution that worked on the front lines in combating the pandemic by offering food and personal hygiene products to more than 500,000 individuals in socially vulnerable Brazilian communities.
Gerando Falcões is a social organization that operates through a network strategy and plays an active role in poor suburban and slum areas. Its projects are focused on sports and culture for children and teenagers, as well as on professional qualification for young individuals and adults, acting as an income generation engine for families, including those with members returning home from the penitentiary system.
Gerando Falcões and its CEO and founder, Edu Lyra, were recognized for their tireless and exemplary work, especially in the implementation of the “Corona no Paredão, Fome Não” campaign in 2020.
Edu Lyra received the Francisco Gros Excellence Award from Corrado Varoli, CEO of G5 Partners, and from other G5 Partners, including Renato Klarnet, André Benchimol, Nathaniel Wendling and Levindo Santos.
Upon receiving the Award, at an online event transmitted to all employees, Edu Lyra recalled his childhood years when he lived in a humble shack at a community slum, and the struggles he faced when building Gerando Falcões to help many families across the country.
“I lived in a situation of extreme poverty and vulnerability. I could have accepted the destiny I was sentenced to, but I had a very strong mother who always said “it doesn’t matter where you come from, but where you go. You can have the world and you can do anything”.
In 2019, Instituto Elos received the Francisco Gros Excellence Award for its efforts in transforming the reality of many communities. Instituto Elos aims to connect people, communities, governments and companies towards a dream that promotes diversity through dialogue, compassion and creativity to create a better world for everyone.
The award was received by three of the Institute’s representatives: Natasha Mendes Gabriel, Pedagogical and Project Director, Mariana Gauche Motta Operations and Strategy Director, and Rodrigo Rubido Alonso, Executive Director.
In 2018, G5 Partners recognized an extraordinary example of youth leadership in Brazil: Wellington Trindade Vitorino, 24, founder of Instituto Four. The non-profit institution is focused on selecting, training and developing young leaders to envision solving Brazilian issues and who wish to take part of the key decision-making processes in Brazil. The organization is also responsible for ProLíder program, which develops youth leadership activities across the country.
Vitorino’s challenges and victories began early in life. At the age of 12, he set up a small candy factory, worked selling popsicles and attended public school until he received a scholarship for his final high school year at a private school.
He received scholarships from the American Embassy, Escola Parque da Gávea, Casa de Espanha and Oxford English Center. He also received a full scholarship from Fundação Estudar and graduated in Business Administration from Ibmec-RJ. At the age of 21, he created a program that supports young individuals like him to become leaders in the public sector or to undertake entrepreneurial initiatives.
The first edition of the award recognized Celso Eduardo Moura, an employee of G5 Partners. Celso is a deputy director at Clube dos Desbravadores, a voluntary initiative carried out in São Paulo aimed at helping children and teenagers through donations of clothes, food, and educational support for their studies. Celso also coordinates the initiative’s other activities, such as camping, tours and weekend gatherings.
In the city of São Paulo alone, 30 teenagers aged 10 to 15 are being benefited. “There is nothing better than the smile of a child who fulfills its dreams or achieves something unexpected. I am grateful for G5 Partners’ initiative to recognize, act and encourage altruism among its employees as this is how we literally build a better world ”, stated Celso, who works in the IT department.