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

Live Outside and Play: May Gear Picks

first_imgIt’s May, which means it’s time for another gear review! One whole moon cycle teaches the rambling traveler some, but not all. Our good friend Einstein said it best, “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know.”  We’re looking forward to the next seven months on the road, and what they have in store for us. While we’re stumbling, and discovering, check out some of the gear that keeps us on the trail and ready for the next adventure.La Sportiva Women’s Rocky Mountain Pant– If you haven’t had Stretch Cordura® grace your activewear wardrobe, have we got a treat for you! La Sportiva has created pants that combine the comfiness of leggings with the ruggedness of heavier protective mountain pants. This hardy, yet light, pant features Stretch Cordura®, which is a ying-yang of durability and breathability. I’ve hiked with these from daybreak to sunset through brambles and underbrush and walked away unscathed and cool. These pants come complete with large pockets for climbing overhangs without fear of anything falling out, elastic bottoms so they don’t snag on the trails, and a super comfy waistband so you can wear them all day. Can we talk about the waistband again? It really is a game changer.Appalachian Trail Map Guides-  Thinking of hiking the Appalachian Trail? Or just want to hike a section or two? National Geographic Maps has you covered. They’ve published a new, Appalachian Trail illustrated thirteen map set. Just like all of their maps, the A.T. maps are printed on waterproof, tear-resistant, paper that holds up like no other map on the trail. They’ve decided to print this set in booklet form instead of their usual fold-out style. We prefer the booklet on the trail. For us, they tend to be a little easier to deal with in windy situations, especially when you only need a small section of the map at a time. Each booklet covers 150-200 miles of the A.T. The whole set covers Springer Mountian, Ga., to Mt. Katahdin in Main. Each page is centered on the A.T. and overlaps with the adjacent pages so there is little chance of getting lost. Along the bottom of each page is a trail profile that shows the distance between shelters, camping areas, and trail access points. Each booklet lists resupply information, town inset maps, camping options, and much more.You don’t have to be a thru-hiker to enjoy these beauties. We’ve said it before, and we’ll say it again. We love maps.Lowe Alpine Airzone Trail 35- Lowe Alpine is celebrating their 50th birthday this year and they have been making top notch gear since their inception. Lowe Alpine, who was founded by climber and mountaineer Greg Lowe, is responsible for some of the most commonly used climbing and mountaineering gear today.We’ve fallen in love with all of their packs, but today we’d like to introduce the Airzone Trail 35. This 35-liter pack is perfect for lightweight backpackers or for day hikers who need a little extra space. Checking in at 2.7 pounds, this pack edges out most others in its size class. The Airzone Trail 35 uses a top-loading, single clasp, design that cuts weight and increases stability and accessibility. The Airzone get’s its name from the tensioned mesh that separates the pack from the wearer’s back. The mesh promotes air flow and cuts weight. They’ve included unique trekking pole holders that fit various types of poles and ice tools. Our personal favorite thing about this pack is the way it holds weight. There are specific designs for each gender, with the female design taking into consideration back length, hip belt length, shoulder height, and load distribution. No matter which gender, it is incredibly stable and well balanced._______________________________________________________Like the gear we’re rockin’ ?  Check out some of the brands featured in the images above that support this program! La Sportiva, National Geographic, and, Lowe Alpine.last_img read more

Ashgold set to leave for Tunisia to face Etoile du Sahel

first_imgEighteen players and twelve officials of Ashgold will enplane in the early hours of Wednesday morning to Sousse as guest to encounter Etoile du Sahel in the one sixteenth Confederation Cup qualifiers on Sunday.The miners progressed to this stage of the competition after beating Sewe Sport of Ivory Coast on a two nil aggregate.Ashgold remain the only Ghanaian side in a CAF competition this season.But Chief Executive Officer Kudjo Fianoo tells Joy Sports his boys are well conditioned for a surprise despite being tagged under dogs.He said his side was aware of the pedigree of Etoile du Sahel, but insisted they had prepared well enough for the game.Black stars defender Harrison Afful who plied his trade with rivals Esperance has cautioned Ashgold to be wary of the attacking machinery of the Etoile du Sahel. CAF has appointed Mauritanian referee Ali Lemghaifry to officiate in the first leg of the competition.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more