This summer was really busy and I got to meet so many inspiring people along the way, one story which really stands out for me was when the Chernobyl Children International came to visit Ireland for one month of respite back in July. I had the pleasure of joining the volunteers & children at Clogherhead RNLI. More than 140 children from the orphanages & homes in Belarus still affected by the Chernobyl nuclear accident of 1986 enjoyed the fresh air, sun, sea & sand. Many of them had NEVER seen the sea before. On the day they visited, I had the opportunity to speak to local volunteers Isabelle San Roma & Caroline Kavanagh from Drogheda who have been involved in working with Chernobyl children international for many years. But first I asked Helen Faughnan, Director of CCI, about the children’s reaction to the sea when they saw it for the first time.