The Metsatareke children’s home health park was opened in Siimus last Friday, the day before the centenary of the Republic of Estonia. The facility, which was completed on the initiative of the founder of JJ-Street dance school and recreational athlete Joel Juht and with the support of many donors, can be used by other sports enthusiasts as well as children from orphanages.
Last April, Joel Juht from Jõgeva County completed one of the toughest ultramarathons in the world, the Marathon Des Sables, which was held for the thirty second time. Running on dunes and rocky plains in the desert heat, Juht covered 240 kilometers. He invited those who supported his crazy effort to donate to the Metsatarekes health park. Last May, Juht also devoted a running trip in his home country (from Tallinn to Jõgeva) to collecting money for the health park. In addition to 91 individual donors, Jõgeva municipal government, Jõgeva dance school, JJ-Street children’s and family fund, cultural society Vanaveski, OÜ Tiptiptap, Fimar Group and JSP Union, Streetshop ONE and Liipa farm supported the health park project. However, OÜ Moreen, operating in Siimusti, made a particularly big contribution to the completion of the park, which prepared a sandpit free of charge, where the training elements (they were supplied by OÜ Tiptiptap) could be erected.
At the opening of the health park, Joel Juht expressed his happiness that his idea, which seemed crazy at the beginning, became a reality thanks to good helpers, and he promised that he would come himself in warmer weather and give closer training instructions to the children in the orphanages. In general, however, he already showed what can be done in the health park at the opening.
“I hope that the Metsatarekes health park project will give others an impetus to notice those who need help, and will make others think about what great things can be done with a community initiative,” said Joel Juht.