Adi Roche, CEO, Chernobyl Children International was joined by TV personality Lucy Kennedy recently to launch one of the Charity’s biggest events of the year, due to take place on 1st and 2nd October.

Four adventurers from West Limerick will be among over 1,000 abseilers who will drop 130ft from the roof of the Aviva Stadium to raise much-needed funds for the charity’s life-saving work in the Chernobyl region. The event is being org-anised by internationally recognised climber, Mike O’Shea of Work at Height Training. Mike and his team will abseil 1,000 people over one weekend off the roof of the Aviva Stadium to commemorate the 25th Anniversary of the Chernobyl disaster. Mike was compelled to improve the lives of the many impoverished and disadvantaged children he met last year when he visited Chernobyl/Belarus for the first time and witnessed the dire poverty that many children and communities lived in. Mike’s goal is to raise €150,000 to build three new ‘Homes of Hope’ to give orphaned and abandoned children a home of their own at last. He is appealing to the Irish public to sign up for the event and fundraise a minimum of €150. Twenty five years on, the rami-fications of Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster continue to affect millions, especially children, in Belarus, Ukraine and Western Russia. Adi Roche, CEO, CCI, said at the Aviva, ‘I am so excited to be launching this amazing event. Through Mike O ‘Shea’s deter-mination and generosity this event has literally taken off the ground! In our 25th anniversary year, events like this remind us all that Chernobyl has not gone away and its enduring legacy is that almost 2 million children and adults continue to live in a contaminated and forgotten land. Please remember them by supporting this great event. The West Limerick four already signed up are Liam Doab, Tara Doab, Stephen Hurley and Noel Corbett. They are really looking forward to the Abseil and are also delighted to be able to help improve the lives of the children of Chernobyl. If you’ve ever wondered what the view from the roof of the Aviva was like why not join them – you can sign up now at http://ABSEIL1000.eventbrite.com ! All participants in the abseil will be required to fundraise a minimum of €150 and 100% of all funds raised are going to the charity. No previous abseiling experience is required as there will be qualified and experienced rope experts to hand who will guide all participants on the day. Alternatively you can make a donation by going to www.mycharity.ie/event/LIAM_DOABS_ABSEIL1000 . For further details please contact: Liam Doab 087 6780456 or liam_doab@yahoo.ie ; Mike O’Shea 087 2550334 or mike@workatheight.ie ; Jayne Davies 086 2453820 or jdavies@chernobyl-ireland.com or on the Chernobyl Children International Facebook page