Caring – this is a concept which has been somewhat forgotten in the midst of the busy modern lifestyle. Luckily, there are still people and organisations among us who care about the core values that are the foundation of a socially functioning community.
On Sunday, 23 November 2008, the SEB Heategevusfond (a charity foundation) and Tallink City Hotel organised a huge cooking party for children from children’s shelters. During the event, the participants prepared many different delicious dishes under the guidance of Tallink City Hotel’s head chef Kaie Karu – including sweet and savoury snacks, salads, cakes and many other exciting recipes. The highlight of the evening was the decoration of gingerbread cookies, with each child choosing their own preferred design. Despite the great blizzard and snow storm, children from all over Estonia – Pärnu, Haiba, Tartu, Tallinn – managed to arrive at the Cellar nightclub, turned into a kitchen for that day. Due to the extremely rough weather, the buses with children from Ida-Viru County (Narva, Kiikla, Sillamäe) did unfortunately not make it to the party. Aivar Sõerd, the director of the hotel chain, and his friends also visited the cooking party to greet the children; he gave a speech to the children and then had fun with the party guests, staying until the end of the fun and busy evening full of dancing and food.
But there was more to the event than just serious work, i.e. cooking – this was followed by dance and fun in the company of a cast of characters (Bear, Lollipop, Piglet, Little Cook and Bumblebee) who danced and played with the children all night, while energetic disco music was played. As the children tired of dancing, they were doped with cotton candy and then the party continued in full swing.
Since all good things come to an end, our fairytale party also had to end. It is a tradition now that no one leaves empty-handed or hungry; the Santa Clause had earlier delivered a nice bag of gifts to be handed out to the children.