Saturday, December 15, 2007
Belarus aid to set sail
Nov 17 2007 by James Johnston, Evening Gazette
A TEESSIDE aid worker has launched his latest mercy mission to help poverty stricken orphans in Eastern Europe.
Ted Strike, of Ingleby Barwick, has dedicated his life to improving the lives of homeless youngsters across Belarus and those affected by Chernobyl’s nuclear disaster.
His first mercy mission to the region was in 1996 and he was so touched by the plight of orphaned and disabled children he vowed to continue helping.
Since then, he has visited the area repeatedly and this week saw the start of his latest operation. After spending seven months collecting blankets, toiletries and toys, for the Chernobyl Children’s Relief, Mr Strike is preparing to ship three tons of aid across Europe.
“We’ve been collecting since April and people have been very generous,” said Mr Strike. “It took a while to pack it, but we got there. We want to thank all those who made a donation. They have been fantastic.”
Mr Strike will be taking part in a Boxing Day Dip at Marske in aid of Chernobyl Children’s Relief. Anybody who wishes to sponsor him can call 07957 952454.