Chernobyl Children's Project

Offering Hope to Live


Alan Larkin,
Co. Galway
Slvester Neylon,
Co. Galway

On the 26th. April at 1.23 a.m. an explosion took place in Reactor 4 of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Ukraine.

The Radioactive Cloud Released from the Burning Reactor Drifted North into neighbouring Country Belarus, and then moved East across Western Russia and West across Europe. The Dreadful results of this disaster can be identified as follows:-

  • 99% of all agriculture land in this Country is contaminated by radiation and cannot be used to feed the population.
  • All livestock an by products such as milk cannot be used.
  • The rural population had to be re-located I large apartment blocks hundreds of miles away from their family farms.
  • The adult population is suffering depression, resulting in te highest suicide rate in the World.
  • Hundreds of Thousands of displaced children are in Orphanages with little or no facilities for their needs.
  • Abnormal increases in diseases such as nervous system and sensory organs, malignant tumours, congenital heart disease, circulation diseases.

Plutonium 239, one of the most poisonous substances known to man it has a radioactive half-life of 24,000 years.

Over 70% of the Radiation fell on Belarus. The people of Belarus were exposed to radioactivity 90 times greater than that released by the Hiroshima bomb. The 9 million people living in the affected areas had to be re-located. The re-location process was indeed very cruel, people like ourselves living in the rural areas were moved to large cities, housed in large apartments blocks with no proper heating or play areas for their children. Thousands of re-located families suffered from extreme depression resulting with children abandoned or left with elderly grandparents. Resulting from such a massive disaster the innocent children have become the real victims, no parents, poor food, no social services. It is impossible to overstate the circumstances the children of Chernobyl are exposed too.

The Chernobyl Children’s project is a charitable Company headed by Ms. Adi Roche. This charity’s main objective is to bring as many children as possible on holiday to Ireland. To date over 7,000 children have benefited.

The Daisy Chain Group is affiliated to the mentioned charitable Company. Its base is Eyrecourt, Kiltormer, Lawrencetown, Tiernascragh, Fahy, and Clonfert. Our objective is to bring 14 children to the area for 4 weeks holiday during the summer. The children will be placed with families in your locality who will try and give each child a very memorable experience. A memorable experience for these children world be as little as hot shower, warm clothes, and some fresh fruit. Each visiting child will benefit from a visit to a dentist, eye specialist. Should they require and medical speciality we will endeavour to make it possible.

Each child who receives a holiday in Ireland will benefit as follows:-

  • Up to 70% reduction in Radioactivity.
  • Should in crease each child’s life expectancy 3-5 years
  • A visit to the Dentist to have fillings or extractions carried out under anesthetic. (Should this procedure be carried at home no anesthetic would be administered).
  • New clothes and shoes. (For first time in their short lives.).
  • A hot bath or shower (Like the previous point, would never have been experienced.).
  • Clean fresh air and water.

Can any of you imagine not being able to provide such simple fundamentals for your children and I am sure you can now appreciate why the adult population suffers the highest levels of depression in the World.

You can HELP by contacting any of the under mentioned committee members and lending a helpful hand to care for a child who, through no fault of their own, is trapped in such dreadful circumstances or get one of our envelopes at the church gate and return with your donation at any of next Sunday’s masses.

Ala Larkin (Chairperson)
Sylvester Neylon (Hon. Sec)
Anne Walsh
Eileen Tully
Hanoria Curley
Martina Dolan
(0905) 9675361
(0905) 9675178
(0905) 9685817
(0905) 9685756
(0905) 9627297
(0905) 9627376


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