True grit: ladies battle snow for Chernobyl
Published 03/12/2010 | 05:00
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.