The nuclear accident in Chernobyl has long faded from the public eye but the devastating effects continue to make life very hard for the people living with the results of the fall out.
Cancer and leukaemia rates are very high and many children are affected by illness and orphaned.
Less than 20 per cent of children in Belarus can be classed as healthy – a shocking statistic.
The land remains barren making farming impossible.
As a result Lions International have supported the Belarus Trust for over 20 years, providing, clothing, toiletries, sanitary wear, toys and educational equipment to orphanages and schools in Gomel, an administrative area of Belarus.
Worthing Lions have packed 55 individual shoeboxes which will be given to men, women and children, as well as ten very large packages of warm clothing.
The temperature in Gomel in winter is bitterly cold with the thermometer dropping to minus 20.
The goods have been collected over a period of months by Lion Christine Allen, the co-ordinator of the project, and her team and were packed at Durrington Community Centre by the Lions and were taken in the Lions van to the main southern warehouse in Dover ready for transportation to Gomel by lorry.
The parcels will arrive in Gomel approximately a month before Christmas ready for distribution in December.
For some families this will be the only Christmas present they will receive.
As a bonus this year Worthing Lions were also donated an electric organ which has been given to a school where music is a new subject.
The Lions have also sent over a sewing machine which will be of a tremendous help in making and repairing clothing.
Lion Christine and the other Lions would like to thank all those who have helped with this project as it shows the people of Belarus they are not forgotten.
To find out more about Worthing Lions and the work they do, visit their website at www.worthinglions.co.uk or ring 07919 245336.
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