Aideen Shinners, Limerick; Aisling O Malley, Galway; Brian O'Sullivan, Limerick; Susan Lawton, Cork and Stacey Power, Tipperary will all travel to Belarus this 1st June 2008.
A group of over 20 University of Limerick students will travel this week to Goradishche in Chernobyl in order to carry out volunteer work across a number of orphanages and adult asylums in association with the Burren Chernobyl Project. The students, who are all undertaking health science programmes at UL from nursing to physiotherapy and medicine, will carry out massage with the children and patients as well as simply interacting them on a daily basis.
The students, who will spend two weeks volunteering in Chernobyl, have all raised a minimum of €600 each to make the trip with many of them collecting significantly more funding for the institutions where they will work. Brian O'Sullivan, a UL Physiotherapy Masters student and director of the project has made this trip 4 times.
"The volunteer work being carried out by the Burren Chernobyl Project is invaluable to the patients and children in Goradishche which has 250 residents. Our introduction of volunteers on such a large scale into the adult institutions is a new development for us but one that is much needed. It was not difficult to recruit volunteers from among the health science students at UL and we are all looking forward to making life easier for these children and adults even if it is only for two weeks. In most cases students who make this trip are so inspired by what they see that they come back year after year which is of huge benefit to the institutions we work with and essential to our work in the Burren Chernobyl Project," said Mr O'Sullivan.
The students are due to depart from Shannon airport on 1st June. Further information can be found at www.burrenchernobyl.ie.
Noreen DAlton,Thurles; Stacey Power, Borrisokane and Catriona O'Dwyer, from Tipperary Town.
Ciara Mulvihill,Whitegate; Kate O Donnell, Doolin and Orla Fitzpatrick, Doolin will travel to Belarus.