By Patrick Rafferty


Groups from Chernobyl Children International, the North Dublin and the Foyle & Inishowen Groups, visited Todds Leap recently to compete in a “Head for Heights” challenge to raise funds. 68 participants were challenged to head for new heights as they completed the Zip Line, the Drop Zone and the Giant Swing challenges, and with Todds Leap offering a charity rate for the challenge, £7808.58 was collected.

Chernobyl Children International (CCI) is a United Nations-accredited, non-profit, international development, medical, and humanitarian organisation that works with children, families and communities that continue to be affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster of 1986. The organisation's founder and chief executive is Adi Roche, the Irish humanitarian and peace campaigner.

Trina Gilchriest, Chairperson North Dublin Chernobyl Children International, said: “The money raised will make a great difference to the children we work with. It will help to pay transport costs for children from orphanages or impoverished families living in radiation affected regions travelling to Ireland as part of our Rest & Recuperation programme. Tests have shown that a month spent in Ireland with fresh air, food and water can reduce the levels of radiation in their bodies by 30-50% and this provides two years of health after they return home.

Emma Hunt from the Foyle and Inishowen Group said: “Funds will also be sent to Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum to help pay for basic needs and much needed nursing care for 170 children with physical and mental disabilities.  These finds will ensure that very vulnerable children get the care and attention they so desperately need. The fundraising day was a great deal of fun with everyone thoroughly enjoying themselves while raising funds for a deserving charity. We hope to do it again in the future. Thanks to everyone at Todds Leap.”

Ben O’Hanlon, Managing Director of Todds Leap, stated this event was another part of the company’s corporate social responsibility programme: “When approached, we were pleased to work with the groups. Indeed, any charity out there that wants to organise a similar type event should contact us to benefit from our discounted group rate for such events.”


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