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Sunday 22 October 2017

Chernobyl charity reloads after €140k of goods damaged and stolen

Ruined: The contents of the trailer were ruined
Ruined: The contents of the trailer were ruined

A CHILDREN's charity has vowed to replace donated items worth up to €140,000 - stolen or damaged when the trailer they were on was broken into - in time for shipment on Sunday.

The Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group says it has been "overwhelmed" by the response it received since the incident over the weekend. A man in his 20s is due before the courts next month.

Jim Kavanagh, a volunteer with the group, which is part of Chernobyl Children International (CCI), told the Herald: "I had an army of volunteers. We unpacked everything and then started loading it up again.

"We weren't sure how much stuff was missing but there were over 10,000 nappies gone, the one item we needed," he said.

Refugees

The cargo is destined for Petrokov in Belarus, which has been overwhelmed by an influx of around 50,000 refugees from the Ukraine fleeing the crisis there.

Anyone wishing to make a donation can contact the group's Facebook page.

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