This competition, sponsored by the Department of Education, invites primary school students from all over Ireland to submit an Essay, Poem or Drawing based on the theme of Nuclear History. The aim of the competition is to raise awareness to the latest generation, of this horrendous atrocity that occurred on April 26th 1986 in Chernobyl. The impact of this disaster still lives on for the people of Ukraine and The Greater Chernobyl Cause are tirelessly working to transform the lives of children suffering from chronic health problems, neglect and abandonment compounded by a lack of health and education.
The charity’s head, Fiona Corcoran, was deeply moved when the world’s worst nuclear disaster occurred at Chernobyl in Ukraine. An enthusiastic follower of the campaign for nuclear disarmament, she was shocked and horrified by the consequences of the explosion – so much so that she eventually gave up her job to work full time with the victims of the poisonous radioactive fallout. The subsequent collapse of The Soviet Union saw Fiona widen her efforts in Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan. These countries gained their independence but at an enormous cost in terms of financial and social support. The casualties of this poverty are abandoned children and desperate adults. While much of the world ignores their plight, the Greater Chernobyl cause has risen to the challenge to provide help and hope for the future.