Adi Roche honoured for work with international award
Irishwoman honoured in New York for improving lives of children
Adi Roche pictured in Ukraine. Photograph: Dan McLoughlin
Ms Roche, from Cork, was one of six humanitarian campaigners who were honoured with the award - sometimes described as “The Nobel Prize for Child Advocacy” – at a ceremony in New York.
Ms Roche had previously received the World of Children Health Award in 2010 for pioneering an Irish funded flying doctor mission to bring cardiac surgeons to operate on seriously ill children in the Ukraine.
And now she received the organisation’s prestigious “Alumni Award” in special recognition of “the incredible impact she continues to have on the lives of thousands of children of the Chernobyl region”.
“The World of Children” flew 28 year old Sasha Charnanoh to New York to present the award to Ms Roche who had helped bring him to Ireland from Belarus as a seven year old boy for life saving heart surgery.
“I was young, only six or seven, I was seriously ill… I remember being in the hospital my friend Vitaly running after Adi and asking her to take us to Ireland that if she didn’t we would die.
“We watched her leave, we didn’t know she would come back for us, we didn’t know she was the woman who would save our lives”, said Sasha who was one of four children flown to Ireland for life saving surgery.