AN appeal for unwanted clothes has been launched in Ballylongford by a young local woman who hopes to make a massive difference in the lives of orphans in Belarus.
UCC student Rachael Hanrahan is heading out to the former Soviet Bloc country this summer as part of the Belarussian Orphanage Project (BOP) to work with young children, many of whom are living in appalling conditions.
Rachael is calling on the support of everyone in her home community for unwanted clothes that can be sold to raise vital funds to help improve the running of the four orphanages in which the charity works.
The young childcare student is asking people to drop clothes to a collection she is holding at the Parish Hall in Ballylongford between 9am and 2.30pm on Saturday, April 27.
Rachael is currently in the middle of her second-year of an early childhood studies course, so her mom Eibhlís is helping out at home. "We'd love it if people could drop unwanted clothing as it is in aid of a very important cause. BOP works with over 1,000 children and young adults of varying abilities in four institutions in Minsk with volunteers bringing much-needed fun and games as well as assiting in various BOP projects," she said.
Apart from clothes, they also seek bed linen, towels, curtains, shoes, boots, bags, belts and soft toys.