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Northsiders urged to help Chernobyl kids

Monday, 7th November, 2011 12:00am
Northsiders urged to help Chernobyl kids

• Staff from the Seed Testing laboratory at the Department of Agriculture who hosted kids from Chernobyl

Northsiders urged to help Chernobyl kids

• Staff from the Seed Testing laboratory at the Department of Agriculture who hosted kids from Chernobyl


Chernobyl North Dublin Outreach Group has called on the public to help raise

funds for children affected by radiation.


Kennerney, secretary of the project and seed analyst at the Department of

Agriculture, raised €4,000 to allow some of the affected children stay in

Ireland during the summer months.


said examinations had shown that the children's health improved after they

spent time away from areas marred by radiation.


children come and stay with me during the summer for four weeks,” she

explained. “I've managed to gather enough supporters to raise funding but the

public is more than welcome to contribute through the Crann Daire go Deo

website. It's a great project and it allows people to give something back to society.”


other bodies such as the Office of Public Works, Europa Facilities Management

and Coillte, Ms Kennerney is hoping to raise more funding to allow the children

to spend a number of months in Ireland through the project.


mark the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl Disaster, 25 oak trees, donated by

Coillte, will be planted at a ceremony on November 30 at the Backweston Campus,

Celbridge, Co Kildare.


Roche, founder and CEO of the Chernobyl Children's project, will be present on

the day.


event will also feature staff at the Backweston Laboratory Campus who have

sponsored each of the trees in an attempt to raise vital funding.


trees will be numbered and a certificate will be presented to each sponsor in

recognition of their contribution towards the Chernobyl Children's Fund.


event will be very emotional and happy at the same time,” Ms Kennerney said.

“We're expecting a big outcome and it's going to a worthy cause.”


the 20 years since the establishment of the Adi Roche's Chernobyl International

Aid, 21,000 children have been provided with recuperative aid.

Over €90 million has also been delivered to areas stricken by radiation such as

Belarus, Western Russia and the Ukraine.


charity comprises 6,000 volunteers and provides vital life-saving machinery to

children in need.

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