We hope you are keeping well at this strange and uncertain time. It's a particlarly challenging time for charities as the new restrictions on public gatherings mean all our planned spring and summer fundraisers will not be able to go ahead, including churchgate collections, cycles etc. We are holding an online appeal instead for help with the continuous running costs and expenses of our programmes and also to help with extra items that are needed in these difficult times.
Due to the ever evolving situation regarding the Covid-19 pandemic in recent days the Belarusian Authorities have announced that all orphanages and adult asylums are under quarantine and therefore closed to outside visitors.
There’s no rest for the wicked they say. Well we certainly hit the ground running this year. We’re only one month into 2020 and there's already been so much going on. January has been a very busy and productive month for us both in Ireland and in Belarus. From volunteer groups to truck loads and everything in between, here are just a few of the highlights from the past few weeks.
Have you ever wanted a piece of art or a handwritten quote from a famous celebrity or artist? Well the people of Bandon attending a book launch in Bandon Grammar School recently were in for a treat. There was some fantastic artwork on display and some very big names from design, film, sport and TV were involved. The best part of it all, was the money raised for BCP's projects in Belarus.
The 5th of December is known as United Nations International Volunteer Day. It is a chance for organisations and volunteers to celebrate their hard work, thanking those involved. It is an opportunity to promote their work and share their values and goals within communities and government authorities. This years theme was "Volunteer for an inclusive future".
2019 has been another very busy year, with over 120 volunteers travelling to Belarus. We've had CARE Camps running all year long with volunteers visiting every month of the year. Summer of course is a particularly bright and busy season and each year it extends making the winter shorter for our dear friends in Cherven and Gorodishche.
The Caitríona Lucas Challenge has chosen Burren Chernobyl Project as their charity for 2019. They hope to raise funds that will go towards our projects in Belarus helping children and young adults with disabilities.
We are humbled to have been chosen by Caitríona's family who will undertake a massive physical challenge later in the summer.