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Hanhikivi 1 open house event coordinator Anu Mustone has worked for the Team SimiSami entertainment agency for a couple of years. She has more than 20 years of experience in event organizing. Photos by Mikko-Pekka Karlin

An open house event helps involve the community

The open house event organized at the Hanhikivi 1 construction site is an excellent opportunity to learn about the nuclear power project and meet the people working on it. Organizer Anu Mustonen expects record turnout at this year’s event.

On Saturday, September 8, the Hanhikivi 1 construction site welcomes visitors to a family event.

The record was set last year with 2,500 visitors. This year, the organizers are looking forward to an even higher attendance.

“It would be great to break the record again this year. But it’s even more important that the visitors have fun and that they go home feeling good,” says event organizer Anu Mustonen from Team Sinisami Oy.

The Oulu-based entertainment agency Team SimiSami organizes the event together with Fennovoima.

“I love building such a big event for the people of Pyhäjoki and other towns in the region together with Fennovoima.” The event helps involve local people and builds a sense of community between them and the project employees. That is truly valuable,” Mustonen says.

Careful arrangements guarantee safety

The plans for the fourth open house event were in full swing already in April. Construction of the event site will begin on the previous Thursday to make sure that everything is ready by Saturday.

The strict security arrangements of the construction site and the effort required to show thousands of visitors round the site set a special tone for the open house event.

The event has been developed based on feedback from previous visitors. This year, the event site will be more compact and easier to navigate. For example, the catering area and the starting point of site rounds are closer together. An increased number of seats increase the visitors’ comfort. The sound system now covers the whole area.

“Smiling visitors are the icing on the cake,” Mustonen says.

From passion to profession

Mustonen describes her work as creative madness where no two days are the same. A good sense of humor and the will to never give up help to handle the busy days. There are a huge number of things to arrange and factors to consider, particularly in corporate and public events.

“An event organizer must love the work. We want to have people enjoy their free time at our events.”

In addition to organizing events, Mustonen has worked as promoter for twenty years, and had her own entertainment agency before joining SimiSami.

“Sometimes I work into the small hours. During events, I have the phone glued to my hand as I run around fixing things. This is what it means to make a profession out of a passion.”

Rescue dog training show at this year's event

Mustonen also trains rescue dogs and has her own dog training business. She works very closely with a lot of people in event organizing, and finds that working with dogs gives variety and balance to her days. Mustonen is the head of training at the Finnish search and rescue dog association.

“This year, we have included a rescue dog training show into the program of the Hanhikivi 1 open house event. The public is also welcome to say hi to the dogs.”

The fire trucks of the regional rescue services and the local voluntary fire brigade will also be there, and Team SimiSami will organize a fun firefighter training course for children. The local Red Cross will have a first aid show and offer an opportunity to practice first aid.

“I warmly welcome everyone to the open house event. Don’t hesitate – come with an open mind to learn about the project and its impact on Pyhäjoki and the neighboring municipalities. This opportunity is only open once a year,” Mustonen says.

Fennovoima's personnel from Helsinki as well as Pyhäjoki will participate in the event. The plant supplier RAOS Project and its main contractor Titan-2, together with Cramo and E. Helaakoski, will also be present.

The video shows the athmosphere at Hanhikivi 1 site during the open house event last year.

 

This year, Team SimiSami will put together a training course for little firefighters. This picture is from the last year’s event

 

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