Chernobyl charity seeks families to host Belarus children next summer

The Carrick-on-Suir Outreach Group of Chernobyl Children International had its annual general meeting in the Carraig Hotel last week to establish its organising and fundraising committee for the coming year and to discuss preparations for next summer’s visit of children from Belarus to the area.

The Carrick-on-Suir Outreach Group of Chernobyl Children International had its annual general meeting in the Carraig Hotel last week to establish its organising and fundraising committee for the coming year and to discuss preparations for next summer’s visit of children from Belarus to the area.

This summer 14 Belarusian children visited Carrick-on-Suir and neighbouring communities for a month long holiday of rest and recuperation.

The children, aged between 8 – 12 years, came from Gomel, a region of Belarus that is close to the Chernobyl reactor and where the levels of radiation are very high.

Since the Chernobyl disaster of April 1986, the area surrounding the nuclear plant has become the most radioactive place on earth, with an estimated 90 times the level of radiation of the Hiroshima bomb recorded there.

These levels will remain harmful for a least the next 1000 years – a frightening legacy for generations to come.

However, after spending a month with families in a non-contaminated environment such as Carrick-on-Suir, there is a noted 30% -50% reduction in the radiation levels in these children’s bodies.

The Carrick Outreach Group headed by Anna Maria Dowling is looking for families to host two children from Belarus for two weeks or one month next summer. The group is always looking for new volunteers and welcomes anyone willing to join and help with its organising and fundraising committee.

They thank most sincerely all the host families and volunteers, who helped make the children’s trip to Carrick-on-Suir possible and all who kindly supported fundraisers throughout the year.

It costs €600 to bring a child from Belarus to Ireland and the biggest fundraising event is the annual golf classic in Carrick-on-Suir Golf Club.

Students from Comeragh College will be running a flag day collection in the town to fundraise for Chernobyl Children International’s summer holiday project this Friday, September 16.

For anyone wishing to help out or find out more, you are most welcome to attend an information meeting run by Chernobyl Children International, Carrick-on-Suir Outreach Group at the Carraig Hotel next Wednesday, September 21 at 8pm in The Carraig Hotel.

For more information contact Anna-Maria at (086) 086 6925.