Louth Rose Aoife is off to Be­larus to act as vol­un­teer in chil­dren’s asy­lum

Drogheda Independent - - NEWS -

LOUTH Rose Aoife Hef­fron is set to travel to Ch­er­nobyl as a vol­un­teer at the Ves­nova Chil­dren’s Men­tal Asy­lum in Be­larus.

The Dun­dalk woman will travel with The Rose of Tralee In­ter­na­tional Fes­ti­val & Ch­er­nobyl Chil­dren In­ter­na­tional to vol­un­teer along­side a num­ber of her fel­low Roses, Es­corts and the 2017 Rose of Tralee, Jen­nifer Byrne.

Pre­par­ing her­self for the emo­tional chal­lenges ahead, Aoife said that she is ‘ look­ing for­ward to giv­ing time to the chil­dren, to play and give hugs.’ ?

‘I was re­ally in­spired by Me­gan Fer­gu­son (Louth Rose 2016) when she spoke about her time in Ch­er­nobyl. She said that the chil­dren there sim­ply wanted hugs, and I thought then, even be­fore I was named Louth Rose, that is def­i­nitely one thing that I can do to help.’

As part of her vol­un­teer ex­pe­ri­ence, Aoife is also aim­ing to raise €1,500 to­wards the vi­tal work of the char­ity there, and the ur­gent sup­plies needed by the chil­dren. ‘I have set a goal to raise at least €1,500, that will go di­rectly to the CCI and will be used for much needed med­i­cal sup­plies for the chil­dren still be­ing af­fected by the Ch­er­nobyl Nu­clear Disaster 32 years later.’

Aoife hosted a ma­jor fundrais­ing event at Rus­sell’s Gim Em­po­rium on Fri­day night last, and is hop­ing that peo­ple will con­tinue to sup­port the cause by do­nat­ing di­rectly to the char­ity through the ‘ev­ery­day­hero’ fund page she has set up.

‘I will also be ac­cept­ing do­na­tions of items such as nap­pies, sudo cream, blan­kets, toys, clothes, baby wipes etc. These are es­sen­tial ev­ery­day items that can be in short supply.’

Aoife added that any­one who wants to do­nate goods can send her a pri­vate mes­sage to ar­range col­lec­tion or drop off.’ ‘ The CCI and my­self would be so grate­ful for any­thing you can spare, ev­ery lit­tle will help me reach my goal and aid the CCI in con­tin­u­ing their fan­tas­tic work in car­ing for these won­der­ful chil­dren.’

Aoife added that she is en­joy­ing a ‘ busy year’ in her role rep­re­sent­ing the county.

Any­one who would like to do­nate to the work of the Ch­er­nobyl char­ity can do so di­rectly through the linkhttps://give. ev­ery­day­hero.com/ie/louth-rose-s-vol­un­teer

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