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Vinarius, Guardería de Vinos, work with causes that we consider important, choosing those that receive the least support. We realise we share the planet with other living creatures and with other human beings that do not have even the minimum required to lead a decent life.

Vinarius has decided to champion two causes that we consider important: the fight against the abandoning and mistreatment of animals and help for the people, above all the children, who continue to live in areas contaminated by the Chernobyl disaster.

In 2009 we have joined to the PROJECT VITALA, in order to collaborate for the construction of a college in Turkana (Africa). View presentation

This section explains the nature of this aid, what has happened and is still happening in Chernobyl and how, if you wish, a small contribution will enable you to actually save lives.

CHERNÓBYL: years after

A lot of years after the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, millions of people are still living in contaminated areas, under different levels of built-up radiation they are exposed to from the plant itself as well as from foodstuffs. FOR MANY HUNDREDS OF YEARS, the milk, meat, vegetables and fish from radioactive areas will also contaminate people in supposedly safer areas. For example: autopsies performed in the “clean” north of Belarus have revealed that radioactive Strontium-90 has chemically replaced the calcium in people’s bones. They also know that Cesium-137 attaches itself to organs such as the cardiac muscle, leading to serious cardiovascular complaints, which means that even young children present serious cases of high blood pressure, irregular heart beat, etc. which leads to an abnormally high rate of strokes and heart-attacks at young ages. Yet that is not all: there has been a drastic and unquestionable rise in the rate of different types of cancer and leukaemia, as well as of other serious complaints, even amongst children, such as kidney failure, permanent disability, diabetes, cerebral palsy, cataracts, anaemia, viral hepatitis, damage to the immune, neural and digestive systems, congenital malformations, and genetic alterations over generations (no-one knows for how long). All this is taking place in countries without the means to cope with this catastrophe (Belarus dedicates 25% of its national GDP to this situation). Can you imagine what cancer and other serious illnesses must be like for thousands of sick people without resources for palliative medicines or suitable drugs? Average life expectancy has fallen by 10 years in Belarus, with the consequent drop in quality of life and a growing percentage of orphans, sick people and those without resources. Between 1986 and 2006, Belarus has lost almost one million people from its former population of 9.7 million.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

There are many ways of helping, and we will be outlining them throughout this presentation. Vinarius has decided to play its part by selling little bars of soap for the token price of 1.50 euros that are donated in full to this help. The bars of soap can be bought at our cellar, and you can also ask for them to be gift-wrapped (2 euros); they can be sent cash-on-delivery or purchased at the Bar Edelweiss in Salamanca, located at Calle La Rúa no. 48 (just off the main square) where Alberto Merino will personally answer any questions you might like to ask.

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Directly to the RADIATION SAFETY INSTITUTE – BELRAD, in Belarus, directed by the nuclear physicist VASILY NESTERENKO. Since 1998, they have helped over 73,000 children through the treatment they apply, which reduces the radioactivity built up in the body by between 30% and 50%. This quickly strengthens the child’s cardiovascular system and reduces other serious threats at a young age. BELRAD deploys its devices and detector chairs throughout the country to test for radiation in school-age children. At the same time, it also has an extremely important role to play in disseminating preventive measures: families are shown simple ways of reducing radioactivity in foodstuffs before they are eaten. In March 2007, the Local Council of Lorca (Murcia) sent a delegation to see how BELRAD works and what it needs, and has already confirmed that it will be sending aid, as have the Councils of Totana and Mazarrón.

FIND OUT MORE

WEBS:

- http://www.scribd.com/doc/91803/Belrad
- http://www.scribd.com/doc/96131/Belrad-English
- Reportaje sobre la visita de la delegación del Ayuntamiento de Lorca al Instituto BELRAD
- Informes crisis médica actual por Chernóbyl
- Parlamento europeo - Preguntas parlamentarias
- Colección de fotos sobre BELRAD
- Reportaje TV Alemania
- Video divulgativo de BELRAD
- Conferencia Córdoba parte 1ª
- Conferencia Córdoba parte 2ª
- Conferencia Córdoba parte 3ª
- Reportaje Tele 5
- Entrevista a Monitoras BELRAD en C4 Salamanca
- Video de la TV Alemania sobre gran labor de Nesterenko y BELRAD
- Video de la historia de Chernóbyl, protagonistas, la apocaliptica segunda explosion evitada
- Evacuación de Pripyat
- Helicóptero derretido sobre la central
- Vídeo ejemplo de acogida: niños de Chernóbyl en Sevilla

HOW CAN I GET IN TOUCH DIRECTLY?


Asociación Benéfica de Ayuda a Enfermos de Chernóbyl –ABAECHE
CIF: G37421211
Contact: ALBERTO MERINO
Telf. 678 72 10 94
Mail: abaeche@gmail.com

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