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End of summer trip to Helsinki


On Thursday, 25 August, the SEB Heategevusfond (SEB Charity Fund) organised a day-trip to the Helsinki Zoo for children living in shelters. This was the fifth consecutive end of summer trip co-organised with the Tallink Group.

Big, grand ships always make an impression on the initial and subsequent visits of people. The sea voyage was cool – activities in the playroom, live music, disco stage and dancing, big shops, restaurants and what not. Eight-year-old Robert, who had never been onboard the ship before, stood on the deck and bubbled: “It’s so great to be on the ship and ride the sea and so we can get closer to Finland with every minute!”

In the zoo children were divided into small groups and they could freely walk around, from one animal to the other and so on. The children had many new emotions; the zoo in Tallinn was also compared to the Helsinki Zoo. Some were convinced that the Tallinn Zoo was much better as one could see more animals there; some thought the opposite, because in their opinion the animals in Korkeasaari had much more space and freedom. Their favourite animals in the zoo were a tiger and a lion. The bear was very kind and understood what it was expected to do – so it took some graceful poses. Younger girls believed that a visit to a zoo without seeing a bear was not a proper visit. The boys were particularly fascinated by the reptiles and insects; some of them had hidden themselves so well that it was really difficult to see them.

Back on board the ship, there was an abundant dinner table waiting to soothe our hunger. The children’s favourite dishes were fries and ice-cream. Eating at a buffet was one of the most memorable experiences from this trip for the children and they knowingly pointed out good places to eat and good dishes. Their tummies full, the children still had energy to talk about what they would like to do. They dreamed of visiting museums and unknown cities; made plans for their future and talked about the chances of meeting interesting people.

The trip was full of excitement and many children can now say that they have been to Finland – this was a day full of new impressions and experiences.

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