Lisa Gallagher

from Belmullet, Co. Mayo, a fifth year student at St Brendan’s College is involved with Erris Children of Chernobyl (ECC) and volunteers with the Burren Chernobyl Project. Motivated by her Mum who founded ECC in 2003 sending aid to Belarus and bringing children to Ireland, Lisa was inspired by the children that she met and wanted to travel to an orphanage herself.

Following months of fundraising where she raised €12,000, in May 2016 Lisa and a group of school friends travelled to Gorodishche Orphanage in Belarus to help the nurses there and give one-to- one attention to the children. Over the course of the week Lisa developed a special bond with the children spending time with them and making them smile over the simplest of activities. The trip made Lisa realise that it’s the small things in life that make a real difference and hopes to visit the orphanage again in the future.

Commenting on Lisa’s volunteer work her teacher Stephanie O’Sullivan said, “Lisa is without doubt one of the most inspirational and passionate people I have ever had the pleasure to teach over the years. My proudest moment was seeing Lisa deliver her heart-warming account of her visit to Belarus. This young girl who had worked so hard to secure her vision has changed the lives of so many people.”