District Governor Helen, with members of her Club – the Rotary Club of Northwick Park – spent the morning of Tuesday 7 February loading a van taking aid to Chernihiv (pronounce it as ‘Cherny Give’) in Northern Ukraine. The aid will be used at the Revival Centre there.
The aid is taken to Ukraine 4 times a year in a convoy of vans organised and led by UK-AID, formerly known as Felsted Aid for Deprived Children. The aid comprised donated clothing, linens, sanitary items and children’s toys, and will head off for Ukraine early in March. Every item donated has to appear on a manifest for the Ukrainian Border Officers to accept the load, so a lot of paperwork has to be completed first by UK-AID.
Chernihiv is the nearest city to Chernobyl, the site of the nuclear disaster in April 1986. The 30th Anniversary was marked in the country last year, as was the 25th Anniversary of the founding of the Revival Centre. The proportion of local children born with neurological or genetic disorders is still increasing.