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A Future Policeman, his Sister and a Police Cat (video added!)

On a nice autumn day, 9 November, the SEB Charity Fund organised a traffic education event for children living in shelters, which took place at the traffic education ground in Võru County. Over a hundred children from eight different shelters in Tallinn, Tartu, Narva, Sillamäe, Kiikla, Harju County and Pärnu attended.

Children living in shelters do not have a caring parent at their side with whom to take their first steps on the roads and who could teach them the traffic rules and explain the importance of safety devices. The goal of the event was to teach the children, through games, how to get about safely and securely on the roads, how to make themselves visible at night, how to provide first aid in the event of accidents and what could happen if seatbelts are not used.

These children come from homes where conflicts are often solved by using power and violence. But different principles apply in traffic, and in the event of an accident, the one that suffers will always be the child, because cars are bigger, stronger and faster.

At the traffic ground we also played traffic games to reinforce the newly acquired knowledge. For example, the right hand rule was explained, as was how to behave at pedestrian crossings, why we need traffic signs, seatbelts and reflectors and how important it is to use safety devices when in traffic. Mare Arna, well-known among children as ‘Mrs. Traffic’, taught them the basics of the road rules.

Representatives of the Võru police taught the children how to get around on the roads, and the kids were given the chance to have a closer look at a police car. A medic taught them how to give first aid in the event of an accident. They were also able to study seatbelts, headrests and weight stands and find out how important it is to wear a seatbelt. The Road Administration contributed to the event by presenting each child with a reflector.

On their way home the children practised the skills they had learnt at the first aid workshop, fixing excellent bandages and splints.

After the event, the children talked excitedly about their impressions. 7-year-old Peeter said, with a note of pride in his voice: “I’ll become a policeman, that’s for sure!”. To this statement his 5-year-old sister added that in such a case she would become a policeman’s sister and could ride every day in an awesome car. Building upon this dream, the little girl came to the conclusion that Mati – a cat belonging to one of the carers – would then become a police cat!

A video clip of the event is available online.

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