Tuesday, 5 July 2016: Joe Duffy and City Sightseeing Dublin welcomed some of the group of 150 Chernobyl Children in Ireland for the summer to Dublin as part of a 30th Anniversary rest and recuperation stay organised by Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International (CCI).
Twenty very special children and young adults from a Children’s Institution in Belarus will stay in Dublin for the summer for a recuperative visit to take them out of the Chernobyl affected regions for respite care in Ireland.
While in Dublin for the summer the children, who come from state run institutions and impoverished backgrounds, are being treated by City Sightseeing Dublin to all the best sights the city of Dublin has to offer.
The children are spending Tuesday, 5 July, on board the iconic red hop on hop off bus, visiting the Wax Museum Plus at Foster Place, Sweet Republic are providing the children with treats and lunch and the group round off the evening with a trip to the Savoy Cinema. For many of these children it will be their first time ever to go to a cinema.
The summer Rest and Recuperation Programme gives the children and young adults a health-boosting reprieve from the toxic environment and high levels of radiation to which they are exposed. This is due to the ongoing recontamination of the environment by Forest fire in the effected regions.
Voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International Adi Roche said today, “The Irish people have always opened their hearts to the children of Chernobyl and 30 years on they continue to do so. Businesses, like City Sightseeing Dublin, all over Ireland open up their premises especially for our children from Belarus year in and year out. Their kindness and generosity is unfailing. While the Chernobyl accident happened 30 years ago the consequences last forever. My heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers and organisations around the country who offer hope to live to the children who the world has largely forgotten”.
“In this the 30th Anniversary year of the worst nuclear disaster in history, we must recommit, rededicate and redouble our efforts to help alleviate these children’s suffering. Radioactive contamination is still having an adverse effect on the lives and health of the children of the Chernobyl regions,” added Adi Roche.
Since 1991, 25,000 children from Belarus and Western Russia have come to Ireland with CCI on this Rest and Recuperation programme.
For more information or if you would like to make a donation to help bring in more children, log on to www.chernobyl-international.com or call 021-4558774.