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“Give children the joy of sport!” campaign ends

05.08.2012

On Sunday, the final event of the “Give children the joy of sport!” campaign was held on the Rebasemäe picnic site at Tallinn Zoo.

With this event we wrapped up a charitable campaign which has been organised for the thirteenth time as part of which, this time around, we purchased equipment needed for sport and pursuit of hobbies – bicycles, scooters, skateboards, helmets, soccer goal posts, basketball hoops, roller skates and the like – for children living in sheltered accommodation. 7,000 big-hearted Estonian residents made their contributions towards the purchase of sports equipment: a total of 41 104 euros was raised in two months. Many thanks to all of our donors!

At the family fun day held at the zoo, children got to take part in active games under the leadership of soccer coach Lars Hopp and former soccer player Teet Allas. Teachers had the opportunity to hear Kristjan Port, a docent at Tallinn University, give an open-air lecture about the importance of exercise and physical activity as well as gawk at the animals, eat large pancakes and enjoy a lovely summer day together. Many of the children living in sheltered accommodation and foster homes had never been to a zoo before, and for them the day was particularly significant.

If a child takes joy in exercise, he/she is more likely to take up some sort of sport on a regular basis. So, this summer, we drew attention to the fact that children living in sheltered accommodation should also have the opportunity to enjoy the summer as appropriate for their age – zoom around on bicycles, play ball and do other similar things with their friends. Children are very happy with the equipment gained. Bicycles and scooters along with safety gear are the most popular sports equipment used daily. Big favourites of children’s are also skateboards, on which riders, woosh-woosh-woosh, demonstrate their skill to their peers in front of and behind the house.

Exercise – a core need of ours! When asked, “How many hours a day do you play computer games?”, Ralf from Harju County replied he played two hours a day. Furthermore, when asked, “If you had the choice, would you rather go outside to play with your friends or play on your computer inside?”, Ralf replied in no uncertain terms: “I play with my friends because friends matter more!”

Osale heateos Täname Sind abi eest, kui oled meie heategevusprogrammi juba toetanud või kavatsed seda teha tulevikus. Sõlmi püsikorraldusleping summas 3 eurot kuus või aita ühekordse annetusega.