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Thursday 29 June 2017

True grit: ladies battle snow for Chernobyl

Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

More than 100 ladies-who-lunch braved the elements for the Chernobyl children's charity yesterday.

High-profile diners at Dublin's Town Bar & Grill included Chernobyl campaigner Ali Hewson, Special Olympics chief Mary Davis and former PD Liz O'Donnell, who hosted the lunch.

At €100 a head, the recession-free menu included panfried duck liver, chargrilled rib-eye steak and panfried Irish corn-fed chicken breast with a mango chilli salsa.

Chernobyl Children's Project chief executive Adi Roche said more than €20,000 was raised and the money would be used to help children suffering from a previously unknown condition called Chernobyl heart.

The condition is a genetic birth defect which leads to a weakening of the heart and surgeons have seen a marked increase in the number of sufferers since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986 -- particularly in younger children. "We have a surgical team flying into the region on Saturday and for every €1,000 raised here we can save the life of one child," Ms Roche told the Irish Independent.

The Chernobyl Children's Project, established in 1991, has delivered €85m worth of aid.

Irish Independent

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