Humanitarian Aid For Chernobyl Orphans
Accidentally, while returning home one evening last month, I came across the Munster Chernobyl Aid convoy, as it was assembling at Portlaw. In brilliant sunshine, a large number of local people turned out to talk with those drivers, co-drivers and helpers before they were cheered on their lengthy journey to Belarus, with much-need aid for the many unfortunate people there. The colourful signage on the various trucks was quite striking, and hopefully got the message about the continuing plight of inhabitants of that area across to thousands on that lengthy journey right across Europe
Some of the truck signage.
Mary Forsey, on left, awaiting the 'move off'.
"The convoy that left the square in Portlaw on Sat. Sept 7th have returned home safe and sound. A gruelling round trip of over 6,000 km was made by 12 men and one brave woman. The members of the convoy - in particular the three local men Noddy Jacob, Dixie Maher and Mick O’Hara would like to thank most sincerely Fr. Richard for his lovely words of encouragement at the start of the trip, the pipe band and the people of Portlaw and beyond who came out in great numbers to send them safely on their way. They would also like to thank everyone, too numerous to list individually, who donated in any way to make the trip the success it was. Over 85 tonnes of aid was delivered to the people of Belarus. No words could describe the joy this aid brought to these humble people; let’s just say ours don’t know how lucky they are. Roll on next year and may the next trip be as successful."
Thanks again, to one and all!
In Centre - Mrs. Jacob, with family members.
Jean Walsh and Terry Walsh enjoying the sunshine and the proceedings.
Left foreground: Two members of the Jacob family.
Right foreground: Mary Coe and daughter-in-law, Anne Coe.
Noeleen Maher, Seamus Crotty, Ally Walsh and Maurice Nugent.
The curate, Rev. Fr. Richard O'Halloran, blessing the convoy before it moves off.
Ninety-nine year old Maurice Nugent and Jim Long resting at the Heritage Centre railing.
Some final 'Hellos' to be said!
The ambulance leading the convoy.
The trucks passed quickly, making it difficult to get an overall picture.
Finally, the last vehicle in the convoy leaving on it's 3,000 km journey to Belarus.
(If anyone can email the missing names, it would be much appreciated!)
Thank you, Mary. for this and a number of other comments!ReplyDelete
Lovely photo of my nanny Mary Power xReplyDelete
Yes, Charlene - a moment in time! Thanks for your email.ReplyDelete