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A sweet Gingerbread Tour travelled around Estonia

As always, once December arrives the Gingerbread Tour arranged by the SEB Heategevusfond (SEB Charity Fund) gets underway. This year, the tour took place for the fifth time, with adult volunteers visiting children's shelters around Estonia to make gingerbread cookies together with the children staying at the shelters. This year, the Gingerbread Tour made stops at eight different places in Tallinn, Harju County, Ida-Viru County and Pärnu.

The children started to look forward to this day already a week earlier – everyone was eager to make gingerbread cookies.

The volunteers of the Club, established to support the SEB Heategevusfond, also participated in the fun Gingerbread Tour, getting flour on their aprons and a sweet taste in their mouths along with the children; filling the houses with the smell of gingerbread and bringing joy to the children. Making gingerbread cookies was so quick and well-organised that the baking sheets were taken out of the oven in no time. The children were really good at baking gingerbread cookies. They made a lot of gingerbread cookies, and the gingerbread houses came out especially well. Educators noted happily that several children with hyperactive behaviour surprised them with their great satisfaction, eagerness and dedication while making cookies and glazing them afterwards.

This year, within the framework of the Gingerbread Tour, the children also made beautiful works of art under the guidance of glass artist Mari-Liis Makus, such as necklaces and other jewellery to be included in presents. Both girls and boys enjoyed it.

Volunteer Ringa Lek shared the emotions she experienced: “In addition to bringing joy to the children, being a volunteer also gave me an immense sense of accomplishment from our joint activity!” and Ringa’s 7-year-old son Robin, who is an experienced participant in the Gingerbread Tour, added: “It is great fun to work side by side with children who are my own age, and I am able to help and teach the younger ones who are making cookies for the first time!”

The children staying at children’s shelters need grown-ups by their side with whom to undertake fun projects – quality time with a child is undoubtedly one of the factors helping to prevent behavioural problems and support children’s development and ability to cope in their future lives. It is fun to do together all of those things which are a natural part of childhood for children growing up in traditional families – and not only during the "peak charity season" at Christmas but throughout the year.

Triin Lumi

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