Roscommon Rose to visit Chernobyl orphanage



Roscommon Rose Deirdre Cribbin will travel to Belarus for four days next month in order to volunteer at Vesnova Children’s Orphanage with Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International.

  Deirdre told Roscommon People about the trip earlier this week.

  “We will be travelling to Belarus on the 14th of February to spend four days volunteering in Vesnova Children’s Orphanage with Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International.

  “There are 27 Roses going, including 2017 Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne as well as three Escorts, including Escort of the Year, Thomas Lynch.

  “We will also be accompanied by Adi herself. I have met her briefly, and I am looking forward to hearing more from her. She is a very inspirational woman, who is well informed on the history of Belarus and the Soviet Union,” she said.

  Deirdre added that she was honoured to be making the trip.

  “I am honoured to have the opportunity to work alongside Adi Roche and support the amazing work of CCI in providing these children with their basic human rights. 

  “We will spend time working with the worst affected children giving them one to one care and attention which they usually don’t get. We will be helping with the feeding and general physical care of the children as well as playing and singing with them to bring a little fun and laughter into their lives”.

  Roses have developed a wonderful relationship with Chernobyl Children International and the orphanage in Vesnova over the past six years as they aim to bring some light, joy and hope to the children living at the facility.

  Deirdre said she would be fundraising ahead of the trip and hoped that the people of Roscommon would once again support this worthy cause.

  “I hope to raise a minimum of €1,500 before I go. This money will go directly towards the Chernobyl Children International charity and help provide vital medical supplies and specialised equipment for the orphanage. If any person or business would like to donate supplies such as nappies, Sudocrem, baby wipes, etc., I would be very grateful. People can also make a donation via the GoFundMe page:

  “To help reach my fundraising goal, I will be having a charity table quiz in Dec’s Bar, Castleplunkett this Friday (26th) at 9.30 pm. All support is greatly appreciated”.