The founder of Irish based charity, Children Chernobyl International (CCI) visited Derry on Wednesday and made a point of thanking the people of the city for their generosity over the years.
Adi Roche is the Chief Executive of CCI founded the charity in Cork in 1991 and has worked for almost 30 years towards helping children from Belarus who continue to suffer as a direct result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986.
“This is not my first time to visit Derry. My great friend Richard Moore brought me here many years ago but it’s fantastic to be back again.
“I can’t speak highly enough of the kindness and of the big hearts the people of Derry and Inishowen offer to our charity every year. Since the local branch was set-up here they have helped to raise over €500,000 - I think that that’s just amazing. Thank you Derry, thank you so much,” said Ms. Roche.
Ms. Roche is a world renowned humanitarian and after she arrived in the city on Wednesday afternoon she was honoured with a Mayoral Reception at Derry’s Guildhall by Mayor of Derry, Brenda Stevenson.
“It gives me great honour as the last Mayor of Derry to welcome Adi to our city. She is a welcome guest and I have no doubt she will continue to be a friend to our city in the years to come.”
The event in the Guildhall was attended by members of the local branch of CCI who welcome children from Belarus into their homes every summer.
“I look around and see some of the people here who have welcomed children into their homes and I personally think that it’s one of the most kind things anyone can do.
“When I look into the faces of these children all I see is love and the love they receive here in Derry is priceless,” she said.
“I would also like to thank the beautiful Mayor of Derry for inviting me here today and I was delighted to see here on the television wearing her ‘onesie’ and I wish Derry all the best with their efforts to enter the Guinness Book of Records.”
For more information on Children Chernobyl International or to find out how to get involved with the local branch visit www.chernobyl-international.com