‘Onesie’ World Record bid for Chernobyl kids

Siobhan McNally with Zyena, who was born with both physical and mental disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, and has never known life with his family.

Siobhan McNally with Zyena, who was born with both physical and mental disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl disaster, and has never known life with his family.

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The Derry and Inishowen branch of Chernobyl Children International will try to break the Guinness World Record for the largest gathering of people wearing ‘Onesies’.

The world record was previously awarded to Ringwood School in Hampshire when 1,184 people took part.

Siobhan McNally with Igor, who was born with both physical and mental disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl disaster . He has  never known life with his family.

Siobhan McNally with Igor, who was born with both physical and mental disabilities as a result of the Chernobyl disaster . He has never known life with his family.

A spokesperson for the local CCI branch said: “People in Derry and across the Northwest have always been game to face up to a challenge, especially when it comes to breaking world records.

“When they understand the humanitarian projects our registered charity is engaged on, we are confident that our planned ‘Onesies’ event will attract even greater numbers than those who assembled in Hampshire.”

Every July between 20 and 30 Derry and Donegal families host affected children for four weeks. By removing them from contaminated zones international medical experts say it improves their health and even extends their life expectancies by two years.

Visits to local GPs, hospitals, opticians and dentists are annually arranged. Other CCI activities include a medical, nursing and cardiac programmes when volunteers travel, each month, to the Vesnova Orphanage in Belarus.