Chernobyl Children International Fundraiser


As the current Louth Rose and in anticipation of my trip to Belarus with Chernobyl Children International I hosted a fundraising event on Friday 26th January in Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium in order to raise much needed funds.

I am delighted to report that it was a fantastic success and the incredible amount of €1,060 was raised!

The Fundraising Night

It was wonderful to see my local community rally together to ensure that Friday’s fundraiser for Chernobyl Children International was an overwhelming success. Russell’s Saloon Gin Emporium, who hosted the night, have been a big supporter and sponsor of mine throughout my time as the Louth Rose and I want to take this time to wholeheartedly thank them for all of their valuable help.

I would also like to thank each and every businesses that very kindly sponsored all the fantastic prizes for the raffle. Without them the amount raised would not have been possible.

These prizes were:

Which, as I’m such you can imagine, went down a treat with everyone of of our winners on the night. 

The generosity of local businesses throughout my time as the Louth Rose has been simply remarkable and shows how Louth rallies together in support of their own. If you have yet to visit or hear of any of the above businesses all of their information has been linked to their companies name in the above list.

My dress on the night was from Sheba Dundalk, it is the dress I wore on my first day of the Rose of Tralee tour in the Glenroyal Hotel in Kildare where I met all my Roses sisters and began what was a whirlwind couple of weeks. Jewellery was all Tipperary Crystal.

Pictures were taken by Infocus Photography, the genius behind my Bellurgan House Photoshoot.

The Family L-R Eamonn, Me, Mammy Marion and Grace
Me and Kevin
Me and John Logan

About The Trip

As part of my reign as the 2017 Louth Rose, I will be traveling alongside, 2017 International Rose of Tralee Jennifer Byrne and some of my fellow 2017 Roses of Tralee to Vesnova Orphanage in Belarus with Chernobyl Children International on the 14th February to volunteer for four days. 

A trip like this is something I have always wanted to be part of, but I never knew how or where to begin to look at getting involved. It is just another opportunity that has come my way after I became the Louth Rose and although I am nervous about being met with the extreme poverty and disabilities these children are faced with, I am excited that I will be giving back and volunteering.

Our main aim during our trip to Vesnova Orphanage with Chernobyl Children International is to bring smiles to the faces of these children and show them love, as well as bringing over much needed supplies and medical items. For years Roses have made the trip over to Vesnova to volunteer alongside the Chernobyl Children International and I feel very privileged that I have an opportunity to work with such a noble charity.

The family again
Me and my Auntie Gillian
Me and Louth Escort John Kirk

How To Donate

The €1,060 raised will go straight to Chernobyl Children International, which will then be used for much need medical supplies for the children who are still being affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 32 years later. 

My fundraising attempts are not over however, as I have set out a target of €1,500, so if you would like to donate you can do so through my Everydayhero page, which ensures that your donation goes directly to Chernobyl Children International. 

If you are a business and wish to make a donation you can contact me directly, all my details are linked at the end of this article, or you can use the Everydayhero page also. 

With Mam and Eamonn

Once again I want to thank everyone for their support, raffle prize donations, monetary donations, for helping to sell raffle tickets on the night and to Russell’s owner Greg for helping to ensure it was a success.

If you can, please donate even €2 to this wonderful cause.

There will be a blog post on my trip to Belarus up once I return, but you can follow my preparation for the trip and parts of my actual trip on my social media, which is all linked below.

AJ xX

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