The Chernobyl Greater Cause

The Greater Chernobyl Cause

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The Greater Chernobyl Cause and its work has featured prominently in both regional, national and international publications over recent years.


President Putin  is to award Cork charity founder of The Greater Chernobyl Cause The Order of Friendship for her outstanding humanitarian work in Russia.  Fiona Corcoran will fly next week to the Kremlin in the Russian capital of Moscow to receive  the Award.Fiona is the first Irish person to be honoured in this way.


Fiona Corcoran has also been awarded with The Order of Princess Olga for her work in Ukraine and has been decorated with an Honorary Medal and Diploma by President Nursultan Nazarbayev  of Kazakhstan


With her team of voluntary supporters, she has worked tirelessly in efforts to transform the lives of some of the weakest and most vulnerable elderly people and children condemned to life in desperate and dilapidated institutions


For the Greater Chernobyl Cause, it represents a triumph of sheer perseverance


The charity is now experiencing a funding crisis which is threatening the lives of elderly and dying patients where they have been bringing hope where there was once only despair. In hospices, halfway houses they are continually shocked by conditions where the lack of food, medicines and basic hygiene leave the old and vulnerable in a desperate state. The tough economic times have left people with less disposable income but the charity’s survival is crucial because of the nature of the work they do. They are desperate for help as they need to continue to be a glimmer of light in the darkness of so many vulnerable lives.  


In the past The Greater Chernobyl Cause have shown strength in the face of adversity but now are facing a most daunting challenge as donations run out because of the credit crunch. It is essential that they make a difference and bring help, hope and healing in a hurting world.


The charity has one paid employee on an industrial wage. rent, rates, storage, courier, flights, ferries, and vehicle insurance are sponsored. The Greater Chernobyl Cause also works very closely  (voluntarily) with the Irish Probationary Service, rehabilitating female clients by giving them the opportunity and a chance to make a difference for their future.


“I accept this on behalf of all our supporters through Ireland.  This award will help our work tremendously in Russia.. Fiona concluded with” charity is the power of defending that which we know to be indefensible”


Help is desperately need for their projects: For further information please contact The Greater Chernobyl Cause Unit 4 Southside Industrial Estate Pouladuf Rd

Togher Cork   Ph 021 4323276  Ph  087 9536133

Email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)





The Order of Friendship (is a state decoration of the Russian Federation established by presidential decree 442 of March 2, 1994[1] to reward foreign nationals whose work, deeds and efforts were aimed at the betterment of relations with the Russian Federation and its people.

Award statute

The Order of Friendship is awarded to Russian and foreign nationals for special merit in for broad charitable activities. strengthening peace, friendship, cooperation and understanding between nations, for fruitful work on the convergence and mutual enrichment of cultures of nations and peoples; for the active conservation, development and promotion of the cultural and historical heritage of Russia; for great contribution to the implementation of joint ventures with the Russian Federation, major economic projects and attracting investments into the economy of the Russian Federation;