Irish stars come out in force to support Adi Roche’s life-saving work in Ukraine

by Alison O'Hanlon
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Irish stars turned out in style for ‘Liz and Noel’s Chernobyl Lunch’ at the Intercontinental Hotel to raise vital funds for Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International charity.

The fundraiser is hosted by Liz O’Donnell (RSA Chairperson, Former Minister of State) and Noel Kelly (Businessman, Talent Manager)  who have played a pivotal role in supporting the charity to reach its goals over the past two decades as voluntary members of the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) Board of Directors, which also includes Ali Hewson. 

Keynote speaker at the event was a young doctor, Tanya Malachenko, whose life was saved by the charity and now works as a doctor to save other children affected by the nuclear disaster.

Ali Hewson , Keynote speaker Tanya Malachenko whose life was saved by the charity and Adi Roche at ‘Liz and Noel’s Chernobyl Lunch’ at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin. Picture Brian McEvoy

Speaking to the audience of almost 400 people, Founder and Voluntary CEO of CCI Adi Roche paid thanks to the guests whose donations will go directly towards vital programmes in Ukraine, and shared how the intensifying war has brought “Chernobyl centre-stage for all the wrong reasons”

“Thank you for your loyalty and kindness over so many years.  There are so many deserving charities at home and abroad and yet you have remained constant and generous, so on behalf of the countless children and their families that you have saved and have restored…thank you! You are our inspiration that helps us to carry on this life saving work…without you we would be lost…míle míle buiochas.”

Broadcasting legends  Ali Hewson, Mary Kennedy, Kathryn Thomas, Dave Fanning, Karl Henry, Dermot Bannon, Arthur Gourounlian, Matt Cooper,Paul Byrom, Jenny Buckley, and many more well-known faces supported the event, including Carl Mullan and Dr David Coleman.

Featured Image: Liz O’Donnell, Noel Kelly and Adi Roche pictured at ‘Liz and Noel’s Chernobyl Lunch’ at the Intercontinental Hotel in Ballsbridge,Dublin.

Pictures Brian McEvoy

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