Totnes and South Hams Link, Chernobyl Children's Lifeline
Thanks to CCLL over 46,000 children from Belarus and Ukraine have visited Britain for month long recuperative holidays since 1992. CCLL works through a network of semi-independent links throughout the UK. The children who visit are passed as fit to travel, although they are often underweight and lacking energy. They are always delightful. Bringing the children to this country for 4 weeks respite where they can eat uncontaminated food has been proven to boost their immune systems and raise their life expectancy.
Many of the families live in extreme poverty so we are able to send the children home with clothing and other necessities that we take for granted which they would not have otherwise had.
Belarus and Ukraine will suffer the effects of radiation fallout for hundreds of years. People living there have no choice but to work on contaminated land and grow and eat contaminated food.
Our link philosophy is pretty simple. We raise money (£10,000 is needed annually) to invite 10 children each year aged 9/10 years old to visit us in the South Hams and have fun. We take them to the dentist for basic treatment and they visit an optician who gives spectacles to those in need. We also organize a programme of activities including riding, swimming, climbing, boat and train rides, art and craft. We send them home stronger, healthier, with happy memories and the knowledge that they and their families are not forgotten and that someone cares.
We are now raising funds towards the visit of the children in July 2013. EVERY PENNY HELPS. Your donation could be used to buy the following:
£1 hairslides; £3 toothbrush and toothpaste; £4 skipping ropes; £25 trainers; £25 underwear/socks/pyjamas; £5 exercise/colouring books; £30 year's supply of vitamins; £86 visa; £300 air fare.
Another way to help us as a family would be to volunteer to host a child.
If you believe you can help or support us in any way please e-mail us at email@example.com and we will arrange one of our members to contact you to discuss your support.
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