500 civic actions, with more than 2,000 registered participants, have already been submitted in Estonia for the next volunteer initiative day, Let's Do It 2012, which will take place on May 5.
Erkki Peetsalu, communications manager for the Let's Do It initiative, told uudised.err.ee that although the registration opened officially on Sunday, April 15, by Friday morning, 2,084 people had registered to take part in various civic actions for tidying up their neighborhood.
According to Peetsalu, the current figure of 500 actions is considerably higher than last year's figure. By the time the registration opened for last year's event on April 15, 2011, 375 civic actions had been submitted.
Peetsalu added that the aim of the organizers of the volunteer initiative day is not to crunch numbers and set participation records, but to continue raising awareness of the civic action tradition and inviting people to participate in the event.
'At the moment, we can say that more and more people and communities are discovering the joy of doing things together and the values and possibilities inherent in it. The current tally of submitted actions demonstrates that the civic initiative message is reaching increasing numbers of people and it looks like it is going to be another great day of community action all over Estonia on May 5,' said Peetsalu.
He called for the volunteers to register as soon as possible. 'Although more civic actions will be added in the coming weeks, there are already plenty to choose from. It would be wise not to wait till the last minute, because there might not be any open spots left then. Already now, before the registration has officially opened, some actions are fully booked.'
According to Peetsalu, registering is also necessary so that each event leader knows ahead of time how many people will participate in their event and can prepare accordingly. "If you inform the organizers about your participation on the eve of the event, the group leader might find it difficult to obtain additional tools and snacks, or to plan the work," he explained.