Women's Bank is doing a charity walk to raise money for vocational training for women in developing countries. For one woman, the cost of vocational training is 25 euros and thanks to this walk, 29 women will get that training. There are many similar events organized by Women's Bank all over Finland on this very day.
Our guides, Pirkko Veijo and Asta Häkkinen are donating us this guided walk. Our large group splits into two after which we start our walk following the footsteps of important women in Jyväskylä.
P. J. Hannikainen was a Finnish composer, a music teacher at the Jyväskylä teacher seminary and he founded some famous choirs. His statue was sculpted by Nina Sailo whose husband Alpo made the original plans for the sculpture before his own death. Hannikainen's wife Alli was also much into music; she founded a women's choir Vaput more than 100 years ago. Our guide starts to read aloud from some old newspaper ads that the owner of the original café at the corner of the park had placed. The lady owner advertises mostly innocent refreshments...
Minna Canth who came to Jyväskylä to study at the teacher seminary and later became one of the most important women writers and playwrights in the country.
A walk can be (and do) good in many ways.