This year, the Clarinbridge Oyster Festival will host the Friday night opening in association with Claren Home of Hope, Chernobyl, and Colga soccer club. As always, it promises to be a great night, held in the Festival Marquee at Paddy Burke's and music will be provided by the local Oyster Boys and big band Boogie Nights.
Some local families have been hosting Chernobyl children in the Clarinbridge and south Galway region over the past number of years. As a natural evolution of this work, they are now planning a fundraiser to build a house in Belarus, which will provide a new home specifically for children who have been institutionalised as a result of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.
The initiative is part of Chernobyl Children’s Project International’s (CCPI, Adi Roche’s charity ) ongoing work in Belarus. This project is all about reducing the numbers of children living in institutions, and giving them a chance to live in a more beneficial family setting.
The fundraising will help to build one of these houses and make it a home - which will be named ‘The Claren Home of Hope’. With the help of the public, the charity can move 10 children from an orphanage into their own new home.