Founded in 2007, Vodafone Ireland has been supporting the charitable work of outstanding individuals through their World of Difference campaign. The programme offers four residents of the Republic of Ireland the chance to work with a charity of their choice for a year and for 2010 I am incredibly proud to support my very good friend, Karolina Sinéad Johansson who is a finalist to become one of the four chosen campaigners. Karolina has been working with the humanitarian aid charity, Chernobyl Children's Project international (CCPI) that offers sustainable community-based aid to deal with the multiple and long-term effects of the devastating nuclear disaster of 1986. With your vote, Karolina would be working to evaluate a De-institutionalisation Programme run by CCPI that will coincide with the commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 2011. The programme will continue the work of CCPI's 'Homes of Hope' project that finds to re-home abandoned and orphaned children as well as providing a range of medical and social services that encourages the independence of young adults when they leave their orphanages and to keep existing family units together in what is a critical environment that is in desperate need for more global awareness.
As I'm sure you'll agree Karolina's campaign is more than deserving to be chosen for Vodafone Ireland World of Difference - this year votes are being cast through Facebook and I would encourage anyone to visit the site for more information about Vodafone's project and Karolina's inspiring campaign for the children of Chernobyl. Here's Karolina with her campaign mission in her own words and if you'd like to vote for her De-institutionalisation Programme for the Chernobyl Children's Project international click here.
GOOD LUCK KAROLINA!