Wex­ford Rose hold­ing a Chernobyl mis­sion run at the Ar­bore­tum

New Ross Standard - - NEWS - By DAVID LOOBY

WEX­FORD ROSE Saoirse Walsh is hold­ing a 5 km run in the John F Kennedy Ar­bore­tum park for Sun­day, Jan­uary 20, for a Chernobyl Chil­dren’s Asy­lum in Be­larus which she is vol­un­teer­ing at in Fe­bru­ary.

The 2018 win­ning Rose of Tralee Kirsten Mate Ma­her and 18 other Roses in­clud­ing Saoirse, are trav­el­ling to Be­larus to vol­un­teer at the Ves­nova Asy­lum for five days in Fe­bru­ary.

The run is in aid of Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Chil­dren In­ter­na­tional and all funds raised will go to the asy­lum.

Saoirse, from Campile, is a keen run­ner who raised over €1,000 for MS Ire­land at the Dublin City Marathon last year.

She said she is ex­cited to be host­ing the 5km Wex­ford Rose Fun Run. ‘We will be stay­ing in Ves­nova Chil­dren’s Men­tal Asy­lum/Or­phan­age for the du­ra­tion of the visit. We will also be vis­it­ing a few places to see how the char­ity helps vic­tims in the com­mu­nity and to give us an idea on how peo­ple live over there.’ There are 170 chil­dren in the or­phan­age rang­ing in ages from four to 18 and some older chil­dren that are kept on to help out in the or­phan­age. ‘Like their ages, their med­i­cal prob­lems range from se­vere de­for­mi­ties and men­tal is­sues, right up to mild men­tal ef­fects with no phys­i­cal prob­lems. While there, we hope to show the kids some one-to-one love and at­ten­tion which they so rarely get. From run­ning my own Cre­ative Kids Sum­mer Camp since 2010, (which fo­cuses on art, mu­sic and drama) I’m re­ally look­ing for­ward to bring­ing these skills to Ves­nova and work­ing with the chil­dren there.

I’m re­ally ex­cited to be host­ing my first run and hope­fully rais­ing as much as I did for MS Ire­land in the Dublin Marathon when, peo­ple were ex­tremely gen­er­ous!’

LEFT: Saoirse Walsh.

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