Over the summer Burren Chernobyl Project were informed of a terrible tragedy that happened in the small village of Kolki, Belarus.
We began helping as soon as possible, but when everything is taken from you where do you begin?
Last week Br. Liam visited Tatyana and Leonid, below is a letter from him about his visit.
All of us here at Burren Chernobyl Project were very saddened to hear of the passing of Betty Crosbie recently, an incredible woman from Killarney who showed compassion and generosity to so many in Belarus.
Our sympathies to her family and friends at this time.
On the first of August, Pat Conway took to the water for the 49th year in a row to raise funds for charity. Over the years Pat has raised money for various charitable causes, and for the last sixteen years the funds generated by the swim have been donated to Burren Chernobyl Project. This incredible support has enabled us to carry out several projects across Belarus helping families, children and adults with disabilities.
Pat Conway and friends will undertake the annual Lahinch to Liscannor swim next week in aid of Burren Chernobyl Project. This is Pat's 49th year of the swim and we are forever grateful for his continued support of BCP and our projects in Belarus. It is always a great day, so come and support the swimmers if you're nearby. We look forward to seeing you all there!
A busy few weeks in the blistering heat in Minsk distributing aid from the last truck. Sereval collections and deliveries including Svisloch Social services, and Yazovki and Kul adult asylums. Thank you to our hard workers on the ground for this great effort
We regret to inform you of the death of Nina Vasilovna this week. Nina was a former interpreter with BCP and visited Ireland with groups of children in the early years and was a great Irish supporter. Our deepest sympathies to her sons and brothers as well as extended family and friends. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis
Some wonderful news to share, and some beautiful smiles!! Br. Liam and Tamara visited Gorodishche recently bringing some ice-creams but most of all bringing the messages of love from Ireland from our volunteers who miss them all so dearly. They send their love back tenfold and can't wait to see everyone. This is the second year of no volunteers and the void is felt by both sides.
Thank you for all your support so far with our Strive for Five campaign. It has been a tricky time for fundraising, we are hoping to raise funds for the ongoing costs of providing PPE along with other vital healthcare items including feeding tubes for both Cherven and Gorodishche Orphanages and several adult institutions.
Unfortunately our fundraising opportunities have been severely affected by Covid in the past 15 months. Last year you all answered the call for help without hesitation when the threat of Covid was at its greatest. This year, we have a new fundraising idea. We think it will be a great success but we really need your help!