Collecting to help the survivors of Japan disaster

A COLLECTION to aid survivors of the Japan arthquake and tsunami was held on Saturday.

The Rotary Club of Market Rasen is continuing to collect money for the Shelter Box scheme, which is providing vital resources to the disaster zone.

The boxes contain a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

Rotary members held a collection at Caistor Co-op on Saturday, and will be holding a similar collection in Market Rasen.

People wishing to donate can also send cheques by post, made out to Rotary Club of Market Rasen, or Shelter Box, to: I3, Whitegate Hill Caistor, Market Rasen LN7 6SW.

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT), made up of team members from the UK, Australia, France and the USA, was one of the first international teams on the ground after the earthquake.

“There are fuel and food shortages with lines two miles long for people to get fuel,” said Mark Pearson, of Shelter Box UK.

“It’s snowing where we are and these are no conditions for people to be in without safe and secure shelter.

“The ongoing nuclear incidents are compounding the effects of the earthquake and tsunami.

“Families being evacuated from the exclusion zones are going to have to be sheltered somewhere.”