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Derry/Londonderry store welcomes back kids of Belarus

23 July, 2015
Children from Belarus during their trip to Specsavers Derry/Londonderry
Children from Belarus during their trip to Specsavers Derry/Londonderry

Spectactular ongoing charity

A group of 17 children from Belarus recently visited Specsavers on Ferryquay Street, Derry/Londonderry. As part of the store’s ongoing relationship with the ‘Foyle and Inishowen Chernobyl Group’ the children visited the store for a free eye examination and where needed, received a free pair of glasses.

Seven million people affected

Chernobyl was the world’s deadliest nuclear disaster which occurred on April 26, 1986. Countless children remain victims almost three decades later, as the explosion released 200 times more radiation than Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and affected the lives of seven million people in Ukraine, Belarus and Western Russia.

Over the years an estimated 25,000 children have been flown to Ireland for one month respite holidays, which is but one of the projects established by the Chernobyl Children International (CCI) charity. It has been scientifically proven that their life expectancy is extended by at least two years and their general health greatly improved by being removed from the contaminated areas, as part of the CCI’s annual rest and recuperation project.

Sight problems examined and corrected

Sean McCauley, store director of Specsavers Derry/Londonderry commented, ‘Access to an optician is not available for the children in Belarus, and the radiation they are exposed to increases the chances of suffering illnesses such as cataracts, which would go undetected without an eye examination. It is of great help to their health and their ability to progress at school that both their eye and sight problems are examined and corrected.

‘Every year the staff here at Ferryquay street look forward to seeing the children and in particular their growth and development. For some children it is their first visit to our store, for others it's their fifth. We open the doors extra early to accommodate our special visitors and patients. We have a fun morning with the children and each child takes home a goody bag.’

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