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Chernobyl children remembered

SoccerNews in General Soccer News 19 Jun 2012

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UEFA held a charity event to remember the lives of those children who were and still are affected by the Chernobyl disaster on Tuesday.

The governing body teamed up with Children of Chernobyl Relief and Development Fund for the event in Kiev as Euro fever continues to grip Ukraine.

Alexa Milanytch, director of the Development Fund, said the initiative was an appropriate response to the disaster that killed 31 people in the country in 1986.

“Dealing with some of the children, they always have to go from hospital to hospital getting treatments, getting their blood work,” Milanytch said.

“I’m constantly on the phone with them because of some kind of particular need that refers to their health, so I’m thrilled that I get to speak with the children and be with the children for such a wonderful event.

“It’s such a nice occasion and this is the first time that we’re not talking about their diagnostics, or their blood transfusions or their doctors. It’s great just to be with the kids.”

The children were presented with gifts, and a group of 150 from Ukraine and Belarus attended the Group D match between England and Ukraine in Donetsk on Tuesday.

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