Limerick people are all heart for Chernobyl children

first_imgAdvertisement TAGSAdi RocheAdi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International CharityDr Igor PolivenokEastern UkraineKharkiv Hospitallimerick Linkedin by Alan [email protected] up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up THE generous response by Limerick people to a dramatic Christmas appeal has ensured that a team of heart surgeons can fly to war torn Eastern Ukraine this month to carry out lifesaving operations on 30 critically ill children.The “flying doctors” mission is funded by Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International Charity, which has been working with the cardiac surgery team at Kharkiv Hospital for the past six years. In that time, Irish people have contributed over €3 million to help children suffering from a genetic condition known as “Chernobyl Heart” who have had successful open heart operations performed by the visiting cardiac surgeons.The continuation of the cardiac missions have been threatened by the growing security crisis in Eastern Ukraine as well as a shortage of funds.But following a dramatic pre-Christmas plea for help from the director of Cardiac Surgery at Kharkiv Hospital, Dr Igor Polivenok, there has been a huge response from across the country to an appeal for funds for the next series of “flying doctor” missions.Adi Roche, voluntary chief executive of Chernobyl Children International, said the response to Dr Igor’s appeal has been “incredibly generous” at a time when many people in counties like Limerick are experiencing very serious financial pressures and have so many demands on whatever spare cash they may have.“We were astonished that all through the Christmas donations came in from Limerick,” said Adi.“Many families in Limerick have been involved in hosting children from the Chernobyl region of Belarus over the years and the response to the latest appeal from neighbouring Ukraine has been fantastic. It means that the missions we felt would have to be cancelled will now go ahead at the end of the month,” she explained.More than 6,000 children are born in Ukraine with genetic heart defects each year; one third of them will die before they reach the age of six unless they receive surgery. The operations carried out by volunteer surgeons from the US, Canada and Nicaragua with support nursing staff from Ireland and many other European countries, cost €1,000 each.For more information or if you would like to make a donation, visit www.chernobyl-international.com or call 021-4558774. Print Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Email Previous articleEmerging theatre projects nestle in HatchLKNext articleMaria predicts better times for Limerick in 2015 Alan Jacqueshttp://www.limerickpost.ie NewsLocal NewsLimerick people are all heart for Chernobyl childrenBy Alan Jacques – January 16, 2015 3163 last_img read more

Dream home on acreage close to the beach

first_imgThe pool and the outdoor entertaining area at 108-110 Cocos Drive, Ningi. Picture: Supplied. THIS is the ultimate home for the true blue Queenslanders out there. You can watch the footy from the pool, park the boat and jet ski in the big shed, put the project car up on the two-post hoist, shoot pool in your own bar, and then knock up some pizzas in the outdoor kitchen. All while the children run amok on the 4,000sq m block. Or just hook up the boat and head 10 minutes to the nearest boat ramp for a day of fishing. Owners Damien and Charlene Benbow built the home on 4000sq m at 108-110 Cocos Drive, Ningi three years ago with their family of four in mind. The home is three years old and looks like new. Picture: Supplied. Mrs Benbow said her favourite part of the property was the alfresco area.“It blends seamless with the rest of the house and we have our pool under the roof,” she said. “We’ve included things like a pizza oven, outdoor kitchen and infra-red heaters so it can be used all year round.” Inside the home, a big kitchen has Smeg appliances, Caesarstone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. The open-plan living and dining area opens through bi-fold doors to the outdoor entertaining area. The home theatre has sound proofing and there is plenty of room for a pool table in the rumpus room with built-in bar. More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019 The kitchen includes stone benchtops and a butler’s pantry. Picture: Supplied. The property comes with ducted airconditioning, a full perimeter fence, electric gate, CCTV and a 6kw solar system The home is 10 minutes from the ocean and 10 minutes from the M1.Marketing agent Carolyn Drane, of Acreage and Lifestyle Property Beachmere, said the property was “like new”“It has been designed and built around entertaining and family,” she said. The outdoor kitchen includes a pizza oven, fridge and barbecue. Picture: Supplied. The master bedroom overlooks the pool and has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. The remaining bedrooms are located away from the main bedroom, along with a TV room and office. Outside, the entertaining area includes a pizza oven, barbecue, fridge, sink, TV with surround sound and pool with spa seat and wading area. The three-bay shed has three-phase power and is set up to run a business, while the driveway can take heavy machinery and trucks. The three-bay shed and driveway can take heavy machinery. Picture: Supplied. Ms Drane said there had been strong local and interstate interest in the property, with buyers seeing great value for money. “It presents like a show home and where else can you get such value-packed property so close to the beach and the city,” she said.last_img read more