Chernobyl Children’s Visits To Ireland - Rest And Recuperation
The Sunflowers bring Belarussian Children from the contaminated areas of Belarus to Ireland every summer for one month of rest and recuperation. They stay with volunteer host families for two or four weeks. It gives them a chance to breathe clean air, eat good food and drink clean water. This has a very positive effect on their general health, boosting thier immune systems. If you would like to host children, please contact Pat Dillon on 087-417 2307
The children are facilitated in every way by transport companies, local individuals, hotels, restaurants and businesses who provide donations, services or goods, dentists, doctors, opticians, gardaí, fire services, civil defence, volunteers etc..
Above L to R: The annual visit to Athenry Heritage Centre and Athenry Castle is a favourite with the children. The children who come to Ireland for rest and recuperation visit Dubarry shoe factory in Ballinasloe where they are fitted out with new shoes and runners. We thank Sean og Hurley and staff for their kindness every year. Pictured are some of the children and their parents, Doctor Irina Sots, shop manager Declan O'Connell and Sunflowers Chairperson, Pat Dillon. Mayor of Ballinasloe Johnny Walsh meets the children during their visit to Ballinasloe soccer club.
The children spend a most enjoyable day at Chanelle Marzouk's pony trekking centre in Claregalway. We thank Chanelle and her mother Carmel, as well as her staff; Patricia Beckles, Roisin Kenny, Louise Crawford and Sinead Lyons for their kindness.