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In a message read out at the event President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins said This is a well-deserved accolade honoring their great dedication to the children of Chernobyl. Chernobyl Children International was founded on a deep spirit of generosity recognizing the common humanity which binds us all. It has enabled the citizens of Ireland to reach out for many years in solidarity and support with those in our international community whose lives and futures were so drastically changed by the nuclear accident in Chernobyl on 26th April 1996. The commitment and hard work of Adi and Ali has ensured that the people of Ireland have never forgotten the children of Chernobyl. Kieran McLoughlin President and CEO of The Worldwide Ireland Funds said Amidst the tragedy of Chernobyl Ali and Adis work shines. Through their courage and tenacity they rescued thousands of children and have given them safe and secure lives. From what could have been a desolate childhood these children now have the chance to forge brighter futures. We are very much aware that the work must continue and at The Worldwide Ireland Funds we wish them every success and support they can get. We are proud to salute and honor Ali and Adi. On receiving the award Adi Roche said We are eternally grateful to The Ireland Fund of Monaco to Prince Albert and to so many people who have supported us here tonight. We accept the award in the name of the Children of Chernobyl who are so often forgotten and relegated to history but who are still very much a part of the unfolding tragedy that is Chernobyl. Ali Hewson said We are immensely proud to receive this award but Adi and I know that it belongs to the Irish volun- teers and supporters of CCI over the three decades since the accident. All that CCI has achieved is due to their dedication. Commenting on the award recipients President of The Ireland Fund of Monaco Olivia Gaynor-Long said it was due recognition of their seless dedication to human rights in the region. Adis and Alis achievements with CCI and the amazing work they continue to do leaves us all in awe. Rais- ing over 100 million to make the lives of Chernobyl children better is a phenomenal achievement from where this all started. Despite almost insurmountable obstacles they continue to give hope to some of the most abandoned and deprived children in Europe. Adi Roches husband Bono was in attendance and presented the evenings award to Adi and Ali in place of HSH Prince Albert II whose attendance was curtailed by the electrical storms across Europe that weekend. Entertainment included Imelda May and the Cast of Riverdance. Guests on Sunday then wound down over lunch at Caf du Paris in the heart of Monte Carlo which was crowned by Irelands victory over Italy in the Rugby World Cup. Yes it was a great party but it was a party with a purpose as a result of which the lives of 300 babies and young children would have been saved. Again something which would make Billy so proud. MONACO AROUND THE WORLD 7 87connect 2016