Smile! Here Comes Rijeka’s Favorite Humanitarian Event

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Smijesak 2016 Rijeka
Courtesy of Dalibora Bijelić

November 22, 2018 – Ready to give the gift of your smile for the smile of others?

Smiješak! is an all-day humanitarian event that is held annually every December at the Cukarikafe Bar in Rijeka, and offers all people of good will a chance to be photographed together with their family, friends, and pets in exchange for a symbolic donation, each year for a different cause.

Ever since it first took place in 2010, Smiješak! has been repeatedly supported by countless citizens of Rijeka and its surrounding area, as well as a number of other intentional and accidental visitors.

Smijesak 2016 Rijeka

So who are the people behind the project?

The Smiješak! team includes a number of incredibly enthusiastic volunteers and talented professional photographers. More precisely, they currently count 12 photographers and 4 “print Fräuleins,” as the rest of the team endearingly calls them, so in total, that’s 16 active members. Sometimes that number changes a little, depending on who is available for participation.

At the 2018 edition of Smiješak! you will be greeted by: Dalibora Bijelić, Vladimir Mudrovčić, Viktor Pravdica, Karlo Čargonja, Ivan Vranjić, Aleksandra Đorđić, Ivana Kutni Mihić, Damir Plavotić, Davor Pavlović, Mateo Udovičić, Tomislav Rašetina, Tanja Kanazir, Martina Perković, Sanda Hunjak, Mateo Antić, Jana Rajnović, and Nataša Slavić.

Smijesak 2015 Rijeka

 Year after year, these guys are so invested and driven by the desire to help others and raise not only money but also awareness for different charitable causes, inspiring everyone around them with their amazing positivity. Investing wholeheartedly their time, skills, and energy, so far they have managed to raise quite a significant amount of funds for the Ivana Brlić Mažuranić children’s home and various other non-profit organizations like Rijeka 21 Down’s Syndrome Association, Šarolija, Koga Briga, Lovran’s Lunjo & Maza and Rijeka’s Animal Protection Association, and Kitten Safe House, among others.

With the 8th edition of Smiješak! coming up, we’d like to remind everyone not to miss this year’s event. Photos are usually developed and printed on the spot, though additional copies can be ordered post-event, and all you have to do is arm yourself with a smile and come make memories with the Smiješak! crew in downtown Rijeka.

More details are yet to be announced so to keep informed about all the upcoming events, you can follow Smiješak! on Facebook and Instagram, where you can also check out photo galleries from past years.

And make sure you stay tuned for more heart-warming stories like this by following our dedicated lifestyle page.


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