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07th Oct 2013

Irish TV Personalities and Sports Stars Team Up With Chernobyl Children International to Raise Much Needed Funds

Sporting heroes such as Anthony Nash and Michael Fennelly will swap a hurley for a soccer ball on the day

Famous TV personalities and sporting heroes will dust off their boots on Sunday 13 October for a charity soccer match in aid of Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International.

This volunteer led event will bring famous names to Curraheen Stadium, Bishopstown, Cork on Sunday 13 October. Kick off is at 3pm and tickets €5 at the gate.

Sporting heroes such as Anthony Nash and Michael Fennelly will swap a hurley for a soccer ball on the day. Legends like Mick O’Driscoll and Anthony “Alex” Foley will show Cork they still have it and can kick a round ball just as well as a Rugby ball!  TV personalities Brian Ormond, Gerald Keane and Marty Morrissey will show they can play with the big boys any day. This great team will take on a local soccer team from a well-known Cork company, Abtran.  Eric Higgins is a member of the Abtran soccer team and the mastermind volunteer behind this great event.

Eric recently spent a week working with the children of Vesnova Children’s Mental Asylum, Belarus. Vesnova  is situated 175 kilometres from Chernobyl the scene of the world’s worst nuclear accident which caused thousands of deaths and forced more than half a million people to flee from their homes in 1986. Money raised from this event will go to Adi Roche’s Chernobyl Children International, a charity founded 27 years ago in the aftermath of the disaster to help alleviate the suffering of children and families living in the Chernobyl regions.

Speaking on the event, Adi said  “To see these amazing celebrities and sports legends come together to raise money for the children we serve is overwhelming.  Cork people need a pick-me-up event and to see your favourite celebrity kit a football around your local pitch is just the tonic we need!  We cannot thank Eric, Cork City Football Club, the celebrities, Abtran and all involved enough for organising this event in aid of our charity”.