The official launch of the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) annual national raffle took place recently in Cork.
Charity CEO, Adi Roche, was joined by five very special little girls from the Chernobyl affected regions of Belarus, who are currently staying with families from the Lee Valley outreach group in Cork for the draw.
“As with other organisations in this tough economic climate, our budgets have been drastically reduced and this raffle is vital to support many of our on-going programmes, particularly two cardiac missions to Kharkiv, Ukraine”, explained Adi Roche, “We need your support to raise €100,000 to save the lives of 100 critically-ill children there. Please do what you can to help, and hopefully you will be rewarded with one of our incredible prizes” she added.
Supporters and raffle ticket holders are in with a chance to win a brand new Renault Clio, kindly donated by Kearys of Cork. An LCD Flat Screen television, an Apple iPad and a weekend for two at Carton House Hotel & Golf Resort, Kildare are among the other excellent raffle prizes. Tickets cost just €5 each, and the lucky winner could drive away with the new Clio when the draw takes place on Friday, 30 November. Tickets can be purchased from Chernobyl Children International’s online store at www.chernobyl-international.com, or directly from the charity on 021 431 2999.
Since 1991, CCI has saved the lives of thousands of children who suffer from a marked increase in cardiac birth defects since the disaster of 1986. Over 68% of all deaths in Ukraine are due to cardiovascular disease alone. Each year CCI’s volunteer surgical teams travel 6 times to Ukraine and Belarus to train and upskill local physicians, and provide essential medication to perform surgeries. CCI has helped reduce the waiting list for cardiac surgery from 7,000 over the last number of years, to less than 2,500 today in Belarus. Without the charity’s intervention, most of the children would die within three to five years.