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What a pleasure it was to welcome the Chernobyl children

WE would like to say what a real pleasure it was to welcome the Chernobyl children to the game against Keighley Cougars.

They were our flag bearers and they also took part in other activities, including the Half-time Challenge with John Davies, writes JENNY McGRANE.

The children have been staying with host families in Oldham for three weeks, during which time they have been on holiday in Wales to see the beach and sea for the first time, and they have one more week here before they leave for home in Belarus.

The Chernobyl Children’s Life-Line Charity has been providing these respite breaks for more than 30 years but as the years go by it becomes harder and harder to raise funds for a cause that is just as worthy now as it was in the years immediately following the 1986 nuclear disaster.

As the children arrive with only the clothes on their backs and a few items in a plastic bag, the charity provides each of them with a suitcase full of clothes to take home, not only for themselves but for siblings as well. The areas the children live in are stricken with poverty and are still affected by low level radiation.

There isn’t much funding for all the hard work they do so volunteers do many fundr-raising events to help keep this great work going. One brave volunteer will be doing the Three Peaks Challenge in a couple of weeks.

As the children have been made members of our new Roary’s Pride junior supporters’ club they have each been given a pack and will also be kept updated via email of all that happens at the club, just like our fans here in the UK.

We would like to thank all involved in the charity for the work they do to give these children an experience they wouldn’t normally ever have.

The children with our club mascot Roary (left) and Roary’s Pride organiser Dave Murgatroyd (centre back)



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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