THE Cork-based charity Greater Chernobyl Cause will hold its annual fundraising Christmas Craft Fair at the Loreto Sports Complex in Fermoy this Sunday from 11am to 5.30pm.
Charity founder Fiona Corcoran said an array of goods will be on sale during the day including jewellery designer clothes, books, artworks and craft foods.
“Everything will be new and at rock bottom prices. It will be a great chance for people to stick up on those Christmas presents,” said Fiona.
She said now, more than ever, the charity needs the support of the public to help continue its work in the Semipalatinsk region of East Kazakhstan, which was used by the former Soviet Union as a testing for nuclear weapons.
Decades later the effects of this are still being felt, with many children who are born with deformities due to high levels of radioactivity, often abandoned by their parents and ending up in orphanages.
“These are unprecedented times, with the battle to keep safe from Covid-19 consuming all of our energy and everything else seemingly banished to the back burner,” said Fiona.
She said it would be too easy for the charity, whose work has changed the lives of thousands of children to turn a blind eye to the challenges that still exist thousands of miles away.
“We are not prepared to do that, which is why support for our fundraising vents such as our Christmas Fair is so vitally important,” said Fiona.
“The support of the public will bring hope to those in despair and joy to people living in horrendous conditions,” she added.
To find out more about the charity’s work visit www.greaterchernobylcause.ie.