In light of the current revelations in the media of the handling of charity monies, Thurles Friends of the Children of Chernobyl wish to publicly state to donors, sponsors, supporters and readers that no payment is made to any of the officers and members in respect of the work and travel they undertake for the organisation.
We are one of six groups of the Friends of the Children of Chernobyl; the other groups are in Killarney, Rathmore, Longford, Cloughjordan and Sligo. The Friends of the Children of Chernobyl is registered as a charity with the Revenue, number CHY 12029. Our accounts are submitted annually for audit and submission to the Companies Registration Office and the Charities Regulatory Authority.
The Thurles group currently has 15 children from the Pinsk region of Belarus staying with host families for the month of July. Our other activities include supplying food hampers to needy families and medical supplies and nappies to invalids in the villages where the children come from. We also have a Day Centre which runs activities for senior citizens and a group of young people with intellectual difficulties. We are currently arranging to send a 40ft container of humanitarian aid in August.
We fundraise all year round to finance our summer programme here and our projects in Belarus. Members of the Thurles group travel to Belarus in May and November each year to review projects and visit schools to arrange visas and paperwork for children to travel to Ireland. The cost of our member’s flights and visas to Belarus and their accommodation is paid for by the individual and not out of our funds.
During 2015 we benefitted from church gate collections, donations and fundraising events including bingo held in Thurles and Littleton, the Two-Mile-Borris Tractor Challenge, Clonoulty Tractor Run, Thurles Festival, Mid-Tipp Mart Car Park for match days and Bag-packing in M&S Clonmel. We have counter-top collection boxes in shops and businesses. Our members also raise funds by taking part in the Mini-Marathon and Last Man Standing Soccer Challenge. The expenses incurred to run the organisation for the year was €1,100 which included insurance, share of accounts audit fee, bank charges, meeting room hire and printing fundraising posters.
We appreciate very much the donations and support we receive and in outlining the above to you we hope that you will continue to support Thurles Friends of the Children of Chernobyl.
The charity can be contacted as follows - Mary Murphy 052-9154345; Ann Crawford 0504-44682; Carmel Troy 087-6449674; Martin Taylor 0504-24371; Donal Kennedy 052-9156482.
Donations can be made to Bank of Ireland, Thurles: Sort Code 90-44-64; Account No. 40890845.