The successful conclusion of the Töölönlahti world tour will be celebrated on 4 December at 5–6 p.m. A joint lap around Töölönlahti will commence the festivities, where a choirs’ relay will set the pace. After the lap, the celebrations will continue by the Helsinki container on the southern edge of Töölönlahti, where the City of Helsinki intends to hand over a donation of 50,000 euros to the Baltic Sea Challenge.
In July, the City of Helsinki launched a movement challenge with the aim to travel a distance that is equivalent to Earth’s circumference, by making laps around Töölönlahti Bay. Helsinki pledged to donate 50,000 euros to help protect the Baltic Sea from plastic waste as soon as 40,000 kilometres had been amassed. Already by middle November, the Helsinkians had covered the said distance.
The donation goes to the Baltic Sea Challenge that is steered by the cities of Helsinki of Turku and that in early 2020 will initiate an innovation competition. Citizens, companies and communities will be invited to come up with ideas and to carry out experiments aiming at reducing the amount of plastic waste on Helsinki’s shores, in the archipelago and in the sea.
You are welcome to join the celebrations!
Schedule of the homecoming celebrations on 4 December 2019:
- 4:50 p.m. Meeting by the Helsinki container on the southern edge of Töölönlahti
- 5:00 p.m. Setting out on a lap around Töölönlahti towards Hesperia Park at the heels of the first choir
- circa 5:10 p.m. Arrival at Hesperia Park, where the second choir will take over
- circa 5:15 p.m. Arrival at the vicinity of Töölönranta Restaurant, where the third choir will take over
- circa 5:20 p.m. Arrival at Linnunlaulu sports field, where the fourth choir will take over
- circa 5:25 Arrival at Blue Villa, where you may join in with a sing-song performance taking on Kalliolle Kukkulalle
- circa 5:40 p.m. Arrival at the Helsinki container, where hot beverages and ginger snaps will be on offer
- – Speech on behalf of the City of Helsinki and presenting the donation to the Baltic Sea Challenge
- 6:00 p.m. The homecoming celebrations will finish and the milometers along Töölönlahti will be turned off
The Töölönlahti world tour is part of the City of Helsinki’s official programme for the Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU. The City of Helsinki has not handed out gifts to the meeting guests of the Finnish Presidency, but instead it has decided to direct its immaterial gifts to sea protection.