The Geraghty Travel expedition to the Polish/Ukraine border has been hailed a great success with hopes that the crew can bring refugees to Germany, The Netherlands and Ireland on the return leg of its journey.
The 52-seater Geraghty Travel coach reached its destination of Zamosc at 1pm local time yesterday.
After unloading all their supplies yesterday, the team got some well-earned rest at some temporary accommodation in a sports centre in the town.
Speaking on radio this morning from the bus travelling to the Ukrainian border, Castlerea man Austin Waldron said while all arrangements were yet to be finalised, it is hoped that the 52-seater would be able to bring refugees to Germany, The Netherlands, and onto Ireland.
Austin said the team had been made to feel very welcome and that although bombs had gone off 12 miles from their current location, they felt in no danger.
He said that the Ukrainian people were very grateful for the supplies they had received and assured the people who had made donations that “all has gone directly to the people in need”.
Aidan Geraghty acknowledged the huge network of support that has rallied behind the Geraghty Travel expedition.
“It’s not just the group that that we have with us here that have been amazing… all the people at home, and then there’s been bus operators that have helped out and covered runs while we’ve been away as well…
“People have been absolutely wonderful… between giving us stuff to bring out and giving us money,” he says. Aidan reckons that there will be money leftover, which will be put towards relief efforts in Ukraine.
“There’s money still coming in,” he says, “unreal”.
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