28 September 2011
Coatbridge fun day for Chernobyl Children
Visit 'like a trip to Disneyland' for youngsters
IT was fun in the sun in Coatbridge today, as the town's Fire
Station welcomed a group of children affected by the Chernobyl
During their visit, the children were put through their
paces; running hoses, using the water jets, watching the
Aerial Rescue Pump in action and, of course, testing that appliance
lights, sirens and horns were in perfect working order.
The children, aged between 7 and 11, are in the country thanks
to the Friends of Chernobyl's Children Charity and staying with
host families for a month. They come from areas of Belarus badly
affected by the nuclear plant disaster 25 years ago.
Crew Commander Ross MacPherson, who organised the visit, said:
"The stories of these children are heartbreaking- they come from
villages which are in the Chernobyl exclusion zone and, at times,
the best they can look forward to is one meal a day.
"Giving them a fun day, where they can try out running the
hoses, splash around with the jets and generally be carefree kids
for a few hours is the least Strathclyde Fire & Rescue can
Kenny Turnbull, co-ordinator of Friends of Chernobyl's Children,
added: "The kids had an absolutely brilliant day, this is
like going to Disneyland for them. While in Scotland, they get
medical, dental and optical check-ups and enjoy the love and
attention of their host family. Outings like this just make their
time in Scotland truly special."