Clothes and bag sale reaps in over €4,000

Bray People - - IN GREYSTONES -

A RE­CENT SALE of new and nearly new clothes and bags in Grey­stones was a huge suc­cess. The sale which was organized by the Grey­stones Out­reach Group of Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren’s Project In­ter­na­tional saw more than €4,000 be­ing raised for the very wor­thy cause.

On sale dur­ing the day were hand­bags, jew­ellery, hats, debs dresses, cock­tail wear and leather jack­ets and the sale was held in the Kilian Fam­ily Cen­tre. There was also a deli- cious se­lec­tion of mouth­wa­ter­ing cakes on of­fer.

In to­tal a whop­ping €4,260 was raised dur­ing the sale and the money will go to­wards pay­ing for the flights of 17 chil­dren and their in­ter­preter, who will be arriving in Grey­stones in early June for a hol­i­day. Th­ese chil­dren come from Klintsy in West­ern Rus­sia, an area which is still con­tam­i­nated with ra­di­a­tion, as a re­sult of the Ch­er­nobyl dis­as­ter, which occurred 24 years ago on April 26 1986. One of the lo­cal or­ga­niz­ers Daireen Caf­fery thanked every­one who sup­ported the sale and said without the sup­port of the peo­ple of Grey­stones and the en­vi­rons it would not be pos­si­ble to bring chil­dren over to Ire­land or in­deed sup­port projects in Be­larus and West­ern Europe.

Along­side bring­ing chil­dren to the area ev­ery year, the Grey­stones Out­reach Group has also funded many wor­thy projects in Be­larus and West- ern Rus­sia. Th­ese have in­cluded do­nat­ing am­bu­lances and de­liv­er­ing aid to com­mu­ni­ties, sup­port­ing nurs­ing and treat­ment pro­grammes, sup­port­ing build­ing projects and most re­cently the buy­ing of a ‘Home of Hope’. This home is a house which has be­come home to six chil­dren and their two foster par­ents. Th­ese chil­dren would oth­er­wise live in an or­phan­age but now have the op­por­tu­nity to grow up in a loving fam­ily at­mos­phere.

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