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Belarus children to celebrate birthdays in Raleigh

Posted July 10, 2008

— Nearly 40 children from Belarus, located near the Ukraine and Russia, will celebrate at a joint birthday party in Raleigh on Monday.

The American Belarussian Relief Organization brought the children, ages 7 to 16, to Raleigh as part of its yearly event, which transports children to the U.S. for medical care and hospitality.

The children, which were directly or indirectly affected by radiation from the Chernobyll nuclear plant accident, will attend a day-long party, which will include a cookout, games, inflatable attractions and customized birthday cakes. All events will be held at Angus Barn’s pavilions, located behind the restaurant at 9401 Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh.

Organizers said many of the children have never had a birthday party before.

A total of 120 children arrived June 18 and have been staying with host families in the Triangle area. They will depart on July 29. Across the United States, 570 Belarussian children have been placed with host families this summer.

ABRO, based in Zebulon, holds the yearly visits to help children living in areas contaminated with radiation from the Chernobyl nuclear plant accident find a quality of life and hope in the future.

While in the country, children will receive medical, dental and eye care.

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  • fancy_girl Jul 14, 4:39 p.m.

    ABRO petitions local doctors and dentists to donate their time and services to help these children. Most of the country of Belarus lives in what America would deem poverty because of the inability to rebuild after WWII and the tragedy of Chernobyl, which left many parts of their country condemned. 70 percent of the radiation of Chernobyl fell onto Belarus because of the direction of the wind the day after the explosion. It will take thousands of years for the radiation to not affect the people there. If the children can leave the affected area for 6 weeks, it rebuilds their immune system and allows them to breathe air that is not contaminated and eat clean food. I agree, our national health system needs repair and our children need help too. But until we as citizens can cut through the red tape here to help our own children, I don't see a reason to refrain from reaching out to a child/family in need in Belarus. The opportunity to build that relationship is well worth it.

  • PRGuy Jul 14, 3:22 p.m.

    The name of the charity is the American Belarussian Relief Organization. They help Belarussian children. There are other charities set up to help local children.

  • parr4246 Jul 11, 2:20 p.m.

    I'm all for helping any child in need but why do they have to bring these children from so far away when there are children right here that need medical help too...............!!!!!