For the first time in its 20 year history the Clonmel branch of Chernobyl Children International (CCI) was unable to fund the cost of bringing their beloved kids to Clonmel.
The Clonmel CCI is just one of the many voluntary groups, feeling the painful pinch of the economic collapse.
It was a very tough decision to make this year, according to branch outreach leader Carol Morrissey.
“We were very disappointed but over the last two years it has been a huge financial burden to achieve the target required to bring the children here.”
Each year Clonmel CCI have had to raise up to €27,000 to bring up to 33 children to Clonmel. Sadly that amount has just become too difficult to reach of late. Despite the disappointment this year, the fundraising continues. “We can do a lot with that kind of money for the children out there in Belarus, than here,” said Carol. The nappy appeal continues, the Workman’s Boat Club recently held a fundraiser, they did bag packing in Super Valu, Kool School will hold a zumbathon soon. And this year’s Strictly Dancing event will raise money for Clonmel CCI. Carol expressed heartfelt thanks to everyone who supports them. “We will continue to support the kids.”