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18 Aug 2022

Tipperary's Adi Roche visits Herdwatch to collect €10k for victims of Ukraine

The money had been raised by Herdwatch following a recent climb of the Devil’s Bit mountain in Tipperary by 25 members of their team

Tipperary's Adi Roche visits Herdwatch to collect €10k for victims of Ukraine

Adi Roche of Chernobyl Childrens International collects a cheque for over €10,500 from the Herdwatch team at their offices in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. Full caption at end of article

Adi Roche, Voluntary CEO of Chernobyl Children International (CCI) visited Herdwatch in Roscrea to collect a donation of more than €10,500 for the victims of the Ukraine conflict.

The money had been raised by Herdwatch following a recent climb of the Devil’s Bit mountain in Tipperary by 25 members of their team. 

Some members of the Herdwatch team are based in Ukraine and their Irish friends and colleagues wanted to raise funds in recognition of the difficulties they are experiencing at present.  

Speaking about the donation, Ms. Roche said, “Thank you for your most generous donation to Chernobyl ChildrenInternational. We are deeply grateful to the whole team at Herdwatch and FRS Network for the incredible amount raised of € 10,535 which will make a very impactful difference in supporting the work we do. 

“We are heartbroken at the crisis in Ukraine, but people’s desire to help and respond to the crisis has been overwhelming and we are so grateful for everyone’s generosity and goodwill. 

“As in all wars, we cannot lose sight of the human horror – massive displacement, trauma, refugees, destruction of homes, hospitals, and infrastructure. We aim to work with all those forgotten people.  In the magnitude and scale of this war, it is difficult to see any shard of light, but our philosophy has always been heartbeat by heartbeat, breath by breath, one by one, we try to make miracles happen, so we don’t become overwhelmed by the scale of the crisis we face every day.

 

“I am personally very grateful to you and everyone at Herdwatch and FRS Network, for your generosity during this dark time. Your donation is very timely and will have an immediate impact on Ukrainian families who are suffering.  

"Despite having been liberated and able to leave their bunkers after being under Russian occupation for 5 weeks, the children in Ivankiv, in the Chernobyl region of Ukraine are deeply traumatised and are still suffering. CCI has partnered with a humanitarian organisation in Ukraine to provide help and support to the families in this region.  Thanks to your kindness, we will be able to provide children of the Chernobyl area with a haven away from their war-torn homes.

“In the midst of the horror, it is so reassuring to see so many people come together and offer their help and support.  We are faced with so many obstacles and challenges in this crisis but when generous acts such as yours come, it truly lifts our day, as it is so easy to be ground down by the enormity of this tragedy,” she said. 

Herdwatch, headquartered in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary is the number 1 livestock management software. They are part of FRS Network, the social enterprise co-operative. In March FRS Network donated a further €20,000 towards the victims of the Ukraine conflict via Irish Red Cross. 

Pictured above: Adi Roche of Chernobyl Childrens International collects a cheque for over €10,500 from the Herdwatch team at their offices in Roscrea, Co. Tipperary. The donation comes after 25 Herdwatch team members recently climbed the Devil’s Bit mountain in order to raise funds in support of the victims of the conflict in Ukraine. Pictured were (centre) Fabien Peyaud (CEO, Herdwatch) and Adi Roche (Voluntary CEO, Chernobyl Children International), with (right) Colin Donnery (Group CEO, FRS Network) and other members of the Herdwatch team – James Greevy, Chris Goode, Brendan Kelleher, Pat Bolger and Ted Fedchuk

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