Our speaker this evening was Rotarian Dave Shaw from Brockville. Dave is the founder of Canadian Aid for Chernobyl. This registered charity was founded a couple of years after Dave and his family hosted one of the victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Belarus. After seeing how her health had improved due to living in a clean, healthy environment with a proper diet, he wanted to do something to help those people living there.The Rotary Club of Brockville partnered with Dave’s organization and sponsored the first container to go to Belarus. Currently the two Brockville clubs as well as the club from Prescott pack the banana boxes full of food that now go to Belarus in multiple containers. The list of recipients for the 600 boxes of food that is sent changes annually.
Dave also spoke of the orphanage in Chausy. Canadian Aid for Chernobyl works extensively with them and has improved the facility greatly over the years.  The children living there have much better living conditions than do the children in the general population.
 If you are interested in finding out more about this organization and what it does, visit their website at http://www.canadianaidforchernobyl.com .