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April 26th 2016 will mark the 30th anniversary of the world's worst nuclear accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
The impact of Chernobyl, almost 30 years on, is a constant reminder of how fragile and precarious life has become. The Chernobyl explosion was the biggest nuclear catastrophe of the 20th century. Tens of thousands of people living within a 30km exclusion zone around Chernobyl power station were evacuated; hundreds of thousands suffered from radiation-caused illnesses over the years.
What makes Chernobyl relevant today? Two million people in Belarus, of whom 500,000 are children at high-risk, still live in heavily contaminated zones. Last year 70,000 people were still waiting to be evacuated.
Adi Roche was born in Clonmel, Ireland, in 1955. She is the founder (1991) and chief executive of the Irish-based charity Chernobyl Children International which continues to be a campaigner for peace, humanitarian aid, education, and relief of the suffering experienced by children in the wake of the disaster.
Since the establishment of CCI, we in Ireland have delivered nearly €100 million in medical and humanitarian aid to the Chernobyl-affected regions and 25,000 children have been brought to Ireland for much-needed recuperative holidays. The children attend Paul Newman's therapeutic recreation centre at Barretstown Castle near my own small village in Co Kildare.
Ladies will recognize the castle's red door. Elizabeth Arden once own the castle and named her fragrances for it!! Below, Adi and some of the children.


Great stuff!
Wonderful story.

My late Aunt Pam was a senior rep for Ardens- she ran Harrods arm of their sales.
Isn't I a small world?