The movement challenge around the Töölönlahti bay, launched by the City of Helsinki in July, has inspired thousands of walkers and runners. The goal was to complete a number of laps equivalent to the earth's circumference by the end of this year, but those 40,000 kilometres were already completed this week.

"It has been great to follow how both individual walkers and runners as well as friend and job groups have grasped the challenge to go around the Töölönlahti bay for the joint goal. School groups have also been actively participating in the collection of kilometres. Thanks to all the participants – you did it!” says producers Harri Pulliainen and Marta Tiainen, who guided the walkers and runners at the Helsinki container at the Töölönlahti bay.

The completion of the goal means that the City of Helsinki donates 50,000 euros to the clearing of plastic waste from the Baltic Sea. The donation will be handed to the Baltic Sea Challenge that is steered by the cities of Helsinki and Turku and that will use the money to finance speedy experiments. The funding will be used to support innovations that reduce the amount of plastic waste in the Baltic Sea environment, in the archipelago and along the coast.

Homecoming party by the Töölönlahti bay on 4 December

The homecoming of the round-the-world travellers is celebrated at the Helsinki container on the southern shore of the Töölönlahti bay on 4 December at 5-6 PM. The joint last tour around the Töölönlahti bay and the homecoming is celebrated with mulled wine and song. The kilometre counters by the Töölönlahti bay will also be shut down after the homecoming party.

Everyone is welcome to the party! A more precise programme is published at the website: maailmanympärysmatka.fi.

The Going around the world at Töölönlahti challenge 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 Finland’s Presidency of the Council of the EU, but instead it has decided to directs its immaterial gifts to sea protection.

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