It's that time of year again! Donegal woman Myrtle Doherty has begun her annual Belarusian orphanage appeal this January.

Ramelton couple Myrtle and Alan Doherty are back again with the Belarusian orphanage appeal -gathering a large stock of essential items, kindly donated by the people of Donegal to help children and adults in need.

Myrtle and Alan put in great time and effort to coordinate the collections and arrange a pick-up lorry from Donegal at the end of the month. There are some important changes this year regarding the goods that can be donated.


The 2019 appeal is different – instead of bags of clothes, shoes, bedding, towels, soft toys, etc., they are only accepting medical and hygiene items – nappies (adult & children’s nappies), wipes, toiletries, medicines, medical equipment. Donations to buy nappies will also be accepted with thanks.

A lorry of donations from Donegal in 2017

The orphanage appeal is carried out in conjunction with the Chernobyl Kilkenny Outreach Group – the official Kilkenny Branch of Chernobyl Children International founded by Adi Roche in 1991.

All goods collected are sent to Belarus to benefit adults and children in areas affected by the Chernobyl nuclear disaster.

All support and help are greatly appreciated, Mrytle said at the launch of the 2019 appeal.

Collections will begin from 2nd January until 31st January. To arrange a donation, please contact Myrtle on 0876825387

Discover the story of how Myrtle began the community project here in an interview with in 2017:

How Myrtle helps Donegal bring hope to Belarus