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 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 Jacques NewsLocal NewsLimerick people are all heart for Chernobyl childrenBy Alan Jacques – January 16, 2015 3163 last_img read more

Running back Perkins verbally commits to Syracuse, becomes 1st player in Class of 2015

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 16, 2014 at 8:01 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Running back Tyrone Perkins verbally committed to Syracuse on Wednesday night, becoming the first player to join the Orange’s Class of 2015.“Syracuse class of 2019!!!!,” Perkins tweeted.Perkins is finishing his junior year at Friends Academy in Locust Valley, N.Y., and is listed at 6 feet and 190 pounds by He’s not rated or ranked by, but the site does list his 40-yard dash time at 4.50.In a highlight tape posted five months ago at the conclusion of his junior season, Perkins displays an ability to get around the edge and shake defenders with strength and athleticism. The video lists him as a team captain with 91 rushes for 1,029 yards and 24 touchdowns on the season.Perkins is set to join Syracuse in 2015, following 2014 running back commits Naesean Howard (three stars) and Ervin Phillips (two stars).AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Commentslast_img read more