Lastega ja lastele

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“Awesome! Now I’ve been Abroad, too!”

“I liked the house of horrors most!” Elina exclaims. Ingrid adds: “The backwards merry-go-round was even better than the rollercoaster.”

Ordinary children have so many chances to spend time with their families during summer holidays: if they live in the city, they might renovate their apartment; if they live in the country, they might have picnics, and listen to their mum reading stories, curled up in her arms, or fix their bicycle with their dad, or a thousand and one other activities. But children living in shelters miss all that, because they do not have people close to them to show them the world. For the fourth year in row, the SEB Charity Fund organised a summer trip for such children: this time to the Linnanmäki amusement park in Finland.

Children in shelters rarely travel far from their home town and thus this opportunity was for many their very first trip abroad. Everything was new, intriguing and educational, from the ferry trip and excursions to the food, which was different from that at home. The children had so much fun without having to think like grown-ups about how to cope with their lives. The trip to Helsinki was organised in cooperation with Tallink. Children from various shelters in Tallinn, Tartu, Pärnu and Harju and Ida-Viru Counties were presented with the opportunity. Previously, children have visited the Heureka science centre, the Sea Life maritime museum and Korkeasaari zoo.

The night before the trip Silver was constantly checking the time so as not to oversleep. The children boarded the ferry in awed silence, but after a moment 16-year-old Liidia said: “Wow, this is almost like Viru shopping centre!” – although she quickly corrected herself with a resolute: “No, this is much cooler than Viru shopping centre!”. 5-year-old Johan was amazed at the size of the ferry: “Oh, it’s as big as a house! I’ve never travelled by boat. Could it sink?”

At breakfast, the main attraction for all of the children was French fries. 11-year-old Peeter went to have a look at the shrimp every now and then, but did not dare eat them, saying that he would not touch such creatures. Tiiu ate a lot of pizza and ice-cream, but also had enough courage to try the shrimp. 17-year-old Tuuli, who was eating at a buffet for the first time in her life, was startled by a waiter taking her plate, thinking that was the end of the meal.

The trip was also their first visit to an amusement park. The most popular attraction was the free-fall rocket. Katarina thought there might be something wrong with her, because she was not a bit afraid of it. 8-year-old Ludvig liked all of the rides, but was put off a little by the fact that he was not old enough to try them all. Hans wanted to ride the rocket, but the minimum height being 120 cm meant he had to try to get around the rule by standing on tiptoe. Still, his quick-thinking was noticed. However, Igor did not want to ride the rocket because he was afraid that it might actually take off.

After such an exciting day, the children were brimming with new experiences. 7-year-old Getter sighed at each new ride: “Awesome!”, and this word could well be used to describe the entire trip. One dream of the children came true – to spend a care-free day at an amusement park and to have as much fun as possible. No doubt they feel more like their friends and classmates, because they have been abroad now, too.

With best wishes, Triin Lumi

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