Christmas fair to raise funds for children’s home

A CHRISTMAS fair in Cork later this month will raise funds to help build a care home for sick children in Kazakhstan.

The Greater Chernobyl Cause’s fair will begin at 12 noon at the Cork Opera House on Sunday, November 22.

A wide range of items will be on sale including pottery, jewellery, crystal, wood and iron work, knitwear, and clothes from top Irish designers like Liz Barr, Lynn Mar, and Liese O’Keeffe.

Fiona Corcoran of the Greater Chernobyl Cause said the money raised will help build a new care home to replace the present facility in the northern city of Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, which doubles as a hospice.

It is deprived of essential medical supplies, proper bedding and basic food.

Each room was built to hold just three people but staff are struggling to cope with twice that number.

“The chronically sick are thrown together with social outcasts, the mentally challenged and others thought to be suffering from long-term exposure of radiation from the nearby former Soviet nuclear testing site,” Ms Corcoran said.

“The hospital does not even have a washing machine. The residents have no respite from their torn and dirty rags. Some prefer to sleep outside on discarded beds, which line the filthy yard.

“Their budget for this year is so paltry that it leaves just four cent a day to provide food for each of the 40 patients.”

Ms Corcoran said every person has a right to dignity, the opportunity to achieve their potential in life and the right to have their basic human needs met.

“We cannot solve all the problems we encounter, but are driven by the ideal that it is better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,” she said.

She appealed to the people of Cork to support the Christmas Fair.

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