'Two Sashas' arrive in Dublin for Christmas with host family
THE ‘Two Sashas’ flew into Dublin airport this afternoon to spend another Christmas with the Meaneys, their Irish host family.
The pair was joined by more than 50 children flown in from the Chernobyl region of Belarus, who’ll spend the next few weeks living with dozens of host families from 11 counties in Ireland.
The €250,000 home built by Irish volunteers for the ‘Two Sashas’ was destroyed by a freak lightning strike in June – but an appearance on RTE’s Nationwide earlier this month has helped Chernobyl Children International (CCI) raise €42,000 towards repairing it.
CEO of CCI Adi Roche said that the Irish people “took the plight of the boys to their hearts and responded so generously to the appeal to help rebuild their home and give them back their dignity, independence and freedom”.
For more than 12 years the ‘Two Sashas’ have spent Christmas and New Year in a specially adapted apartment built by the Meaney family at the end of their garden in Bray.
The pair’s closest friend, Damien Meaney, flew in especially from Haiti, where he was working with the Bill Clinton Foundation, to meet the boys at Terminal 1.