Chernobyl

CHERNOBYL CHILDREN CHARITY UPDATE

Here is our latest update from our chosen charity Chernobyl Children Project (UK).

April 26th will be marked as an anniversary of the Disaster at Chernobyl in Northern Ukraine. A catastrophic nuclear accident occurred in 1986 at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which spread high levels of radioactivity across Europe. As proven by scientists, it takes 10 half-lives for radioactive substance to be regarded as safe, so unfortunately those areas will be affected by the disaster for a very long time. 

There have been numerous events held across Europe in March, with more events added in April to mark the Chernobyl anniversary and the fifth anniversary of Fukushima. One of the events was a Conference in Manchester that took place on 19th March. An exclusive line up of international speakers examined the ongoing health effects of the above disasters and put forward alternatives to nuclear power.

Another educational event took place in Gomel, Belarus. It was a training in autism given by Jacqui Wheble and Dr Rashad Nawaz, 40 people took part in it, including psychiatrists, neurologists, teachers and speech therapists. They discussed the assessment, suitable learning environments and medical care for autistic children.

We are very excited that throughout April CCP will be welcoming a group of children and their mothers to come to stay with families in the UK. For children who are in remission from cancer this holiday will give a great boost of energy and support their health.

The Purple Ribbon Charity Ball will take place at the Moseley Rugby Club on Saturday 7th May. If you would like to join in with this special evening dust off your glad rags, the event will start at 7pm until late. To book tickets please contact cath.mcelholm@gmail.com. Tickets are £50 per person, and all proceeds from the evening will support The Chernobyl Children’s Project (UK).

As well as UK holidays for children there are annual summer camps in Belarus for children and young adults with disabilities from such institutions as Zhuravichi Orphanage, Special School No 5, which receive monthly support from Godel, and other.This year`s summer camp will be in Ptich, a number of  volunteers from the UK will help to organise the activities for the children and young adults to make it a memorable holiday for them.

There is still some time to apply if you want to get involved, you can find out more information and apply via website: www.chernobyl-children.org.uk