"As the mini bus arrived at Mount Cook that morning, laughter & excitement filled the air. Adventure and new experiences were ready to be created..."
This August, Mount Cook welcomed The Chernobyl Children's Lifeline (C.C.L.L) to our Centre. A national charity based around supporting children affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, which occurred in April 1986. Established in 1992, by Victor Mizzi O.B.E, the aim was to support children and their families, from Belarus and the Ukraine affected by the world's worst nuclear disaster.
Most of the C.C.L.L's work is focused in Belarus, a small country bordered by Russia and the Ukraine, receiving over 70% of the radioactive fallout during the tragic nuclear explosion. As a result of the devastation, even years later, thousands of children are sadly born with or develop later on in life, bone cancer, thyroid cancer and leukaemia.
Chernobyl Children's Lifeline set out with several aims when the charity was established which are;
- To bring child victims of the Chernobyl disaster to the UK for recuperative breaks of four weeks, staying with host families and engaging in fun activities.
- To provide vitamins and healthcare products to children as they return home.
- To help children that are too ill to travel by providing chemotherapy medicines to Children's Cancer Hospitals in Minsk and other regions.
- To locate children who will benefit from a recuperative care break.
Over 46,000 children have been brought over to stay with host families since the first recuperative breaks established in 1992.
Mount Cook were fortunate enough to be able to host the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline for the day, engaging with the children in our activities, Rooftop Rider Zip-Wire & our High Ropes course. As the mini bus arrived, excitement filled the air as adventures and experiences were about to be created for the children during their recuperative break in the U.K.
The C.C.L.L has links all over the U.K, with Mount Cook bringing several links together for a day of, "high flying fun!" Both children and supporters of the group had a great day in the summer sunshine, taking part in our activities and developing key skills such as team work and perseverance as well as pushing themselves to discover new challenges.
We were extremely lucky to have the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline visit us this summer and hope that they visit us again next year, for even more awesome activities and laughter at our Centre.
Our mission statement at Mount Cook is, "to provide access to the outdoors for all, especially young people and those who would not otherwise have the opportunity". Working alongside the aims of the C.C.L.L, the group of children that visited us truly had a fantastic day and we can't thank the Chernobyl Children's Lifeline enough for allowing us to contribute to the memorable experiences the children will be making during their stay in the U.K and being able to provide them with access to outdoor adventure.