WESTMEATH rose Eva Cooney is travelling to Belarus next week to visit a children's orphanage and mental asylum and is holding a fundraising event this weekend.
Eve will travel with Chernobyl Children International as part of a group of 28 roses and escorts who took part in last year's Rose of Tralee.
“We will spend some days with the children in the orphanage, helping out and playing with them. Chernobyl Children International (CCI) funds this state run institution and make a huge difference to the quality of life for these children. We are each fundraising for CCI, as well as gathering various supplies to bring with us,” Eva told the Westmeath Independent.
“It will be a nice change and will be a bit of excitement for the children,” she added.
They will leave Ireland next Wednesday (February 14) and will visit the Vesnova Children's Orphanage where they will spend five days.
Each individual travelling is required to raise €1,000. While Eva has already reached this target – through a bag pack in SuperValu in Athlone last week – she is keen to add to this. She is pictured here with Mary Croughan of Croughan’s SuperValu.
She is organising a night of music 'Tunes for Chernobyl' in Grogans, Glasson, tomorrow, Saturday, night (February 10) from 10pm. Music will be provided by Sadie and Jim Byrne and there will be a raffle on the night.
“The target is €1,000 but we want to raise as much as we can. People have been so generous. This is close to people's hearts,” she said.
Eva’s donation page: https://give.everydayhero.com/ie/eva-s-chernobyl-children-international-fund