40 children with special needs will fly into Dublin Airport this lunchtime to spend Christmas away from the damaging effects of Chernobyl.
It is a tradition which sees host families from around the country open up their homes to children living in state-run orphanages in Belarus - three decades on from the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Adi Roche from Chernobyl Children International (CCI) says Ireland is the only country in the world that holds such a unique bond with the children - and grandchildren - of Chernobyl.
"The humanitarian footprint of Irish volunteers and donors is truly immeasurable, but has improved the life-chances and outcomes for tens of thousands of children who have been affected by Chernobyl over the past 32 years,” said Ms Roche.
ONE MORE SLEEP! 🎅
Tomorrow, at 13.55, our Rest and Recuperation children arrive into @DublinAirport for their health boosting stay with our volunteer host families.
We will share a big 'cead míle fáilte' with the group, who come from the Chernobyl affected regions of Belarus. pic.twitter.com/bWCZ5iitFl— Chernobyl Children (@Chernobyl) December 17, 2018
"This is the true meaning of Christmas – it’s about family and sharing.
"The positive impact these stays have on the children is a testament to three generations of truly remarkable Irish volunteers.”
Tomorrow, President Michael D Higgins will welcome a group of the children and their host families to Áras an Uachtaráin for a Christmas celebration.
"For these children, nothing as magical as this will ever have happened in their lives," Ms Roche said.
Among the children visiting this Christmas is 17-year-old Igor Shadzkou who will receive a brand new, custom-built wheelchair.
Igor has a range of physical and developmental disabilities and has outgrown the chair that had been provided by CCI.
CCI contacted Sligo-based Luke Conway who immediately responded and was able to give Igor this very special Christmas gift.