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Chernobyl Children’s Local Fundraiser

Trina Gilchriest from Oldtown is pictured with Zhenia Age 5Trina Gilchriest from Oldtown is pictured with Zhenia Age 5

A group of volunteers from Swords, Oldtown Kinsealy and surrounding areas of the North County have organised a charity event for the Dublin Outreach group of Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International. It is a Go Wild Adventure challenge and all funds raised go directly to bringing 21 children and young adults from Vesnova Orphanage in Belarus to Ireland for Summer rest and recuperation.

Organiser Trina Gilchriest from Oldtown told the County Leader, “The Go Wild Challenge is full of both mental and physical activities. As a team you will need to work together to reach the end. We have transport organised to take us to the venue in Wicklow and have a BBQ arranged for afterwards celebrations. All are welcome to get involved and can contact me on 0879969864.”

“It is because of this disaster that Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International (CCI) was developed and exists to provide humanitarian support to the victims still living in the stricken regions of Belarus, western Russia and northern Ukraine. This April 26th will mark the 31st Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster and also will be the first day to celebrate the inaugural ‘International Chernobyl Disaster Remembrance Day’ as designated by the United Nations,” she concluded.

The organisation offers various aid programmes such as rest and recuperation for children through respite in Ireland, cardiac surgery as expert medical doctors volunteer and they even help to build homes.