Local dentist’s from Vivian Mongey’ Dental Clinic, Swords are heading to Vesnova Children’s Asylum, Chernobyl to help the children there, as part of a medical team from Ireland who volunteer with theChernobyl Children’s Project International (CCPI).
Christine Downey and Danielle McGeowen who work at Vivian Mongey have volunteered their services for free to aid these children who are in much need of these vital dental and medical services.Christine told the County Leader, “ We are looking forward to this challenge and it will be great to help these children out. We are aware that it won’t be easy and we are restricted to what we can eat and drink. We can’t wash for the week on account of the water being contaminated so are reduced to using baby wipes and we will be sleeping in sleeping bags”.
Local TD Michael Kennedy visited the surgery to make a donation and wish the girl’s well. He told the County Leader, “obviously Chernobyl was a huge disaster and I think Ireland has a great rapport with the people and the citizens of Chernobyl, I would like to congratulate and commend the time and expertise that the Irish people donate freely including the professionals whom give their time, services, and equipment free. A very important part for all children is their dental hygiene and I wish to thank the girls on behalf of all the people of Swords”. Last Friday May1st the girls ran a quiz night to raise funds towards helping them to fund the trip and buy equipment, Gilsenans Pharmacy Swords have donated medical supplies free of charge to assist the girls, Glam Beauty salon and the Carnegie Court hotel have also donated to the cause. The girls are accepting donations until May17th. Vivian Mongey received a donation of a second hand dentalchair from Doctor Liam kane, Blanchardstown, but unfortunately the Belorussian government wouldn’t allow it pass customs on account of it having insufficient paper work resulting in it being sent back. “I have to stress the importance of this visit to help these children. Once a year the children see a dentist when the charity can get medical volunteers including doctors, nurses and physiotherapists. It’s a big challenge and I’m excited and scared about it but want to do something to help these children”, added Christine.