The charity which was founded and is spearheaded by the voluntary CEO Adi Roche, brings support and hope to children living with the aftermath of the 1986 Chernobyl Nuclear disaster.
Chernobyl survivor Ana Gabriel stole the show on the day and received a standing ovation when she spoke about how she was rescued by Adi and Ali. Ana was born completely deaf with no ear canals, her legs were severely deformed and she had an extra finger on both her thumbs. As a result of her deformities, she suffered from severe social deprivation and neglect. She had little chance of survival had she stayed at the orphanage as standard medical care was poor and she would have to be moved to a mental asylum at age 4.
Ana is now a fabulous role model and an accomplished young woman, and not "a reject" from Chernobyl as she was supposed to be.
The money raised on the day will go towards life-saving open heart surgeries which is made possible by the proceeds of the Chernobyl Lunch and the support of Irish people who donate so generously, their money and their time.