Ukrainian Children Treated To A Day On The Farm

Fri, 2001-02-09 00:00

A group of Ukrainian children were treated to a tour of the farm at East Durham College’s Houghall Campus yesterday.

The children, aged between eight and ten, come from the region blighted by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster 25 years ago, where forests and farmlands are still contaminated.

The 12 children have been visiting the North East for the past two weeks and have visited the beach, the cinema and Whitworth Hall so far. They have will also visit Flamingo Land on Friday. They also get to see a doctor, dentist and optician during their stay.

The visit was made possible by Chernobyl Children’s Life Line. Heather Smith from the Charity explained: “The children come from a town called Korosten in the Ukraine which is only 40 miles from the site of the 1986 nuclear power plant explosion.

“The children will stay a total of four weeks and this should improve their immune systems by around 75% by breathing in radiation free air and eating none contaminated food. The radiation will then build back up in their bodies in about 2 years.”

Animal Care Lecturer Ian Hall added: “I understand it costs £550 per child in travel costs to get them over here, then they need to raise money for activities too. This is why we let the children come along for the morning and see all the animals on the farm and in the Small Animal Care Unit.”

If you would like to get involved, or donate to the charity, please contact Heather Smith on 07538 077 133 or visit www.chernobyl-southtyneside.webs.com