COFFEE MORNING: Geraldine McCarty pictured with organiser of the Friends of The Children of Chernobyl coffee morning Joan Buckley at the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club on Thursday. Photo: Grigoriy Geniyevskiy
By Francis Foley
Over 130 people turned up to raise funds for the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl coffee morning on Thursday.
Held in the Killarney Golf and Fishing Club, it was the 28th annual event and organisers are hoping it raised between €2000 and €2500 for the cause.
For 28 years the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl Killarney branch, have held their annual coffee morning to raise funds for the child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster which occurred in April 1986.
Yesterday morning’s gathering was organised by Joan Buckley, who has a long connection with the charity.
“I first got involved with the Chernobyl children’s cause when I decided to take some children from Belarus into my home in 1993 to give them a holiday, away from the conditions they were living in,” Joan told the Killarney Advertiser.
“And now one of those children, Natasha Meleshko, sends her children to come and stay with me, it’s quite wonderful really. The people of Killarney are very generous, even in the hardest of times for themselves,” said Joan.
The funds raised are used to improve the living conditions of the children in Belarus, this includes improvements to their schools, good clothing and anything else they need that will help them in their daily lives.
“We get them things which may seem completely normal to us but are real luxuries to them.”