Market Rasen Rotarians dug deep at their recent meeting and started a fund with £240 of personal donations to help provide shelter for those caught up in the recent Philippines disaster.
The club matched this from charitable donations, in particular this summer’s Open Gardens event, and a kind benefactor added a further anonymous donation of £130.
In addition, the club’s environmental committee felt some of the funds collected at the Open Farm Sunday event at Stainton–le-Vale could go to no better place, than to reduce the suffering caused by this terrible environmental disaster. All in all, this enabled the club to send £1,200 off to Shelterbox, which will buy two fully equipped purpose made boxes loaded with tents and the equipment to begin to fit out temporary homes, for a total of 20 people.
Shelter box was started as a Rotary project in Cornwall and is now a stand-alone charitable organisation which sends relief to disaster zones throughout the world. Shelter boxes stored in Dubai were among the first aid to arrive in the Philipines, during the first few days of the disaster.
“Following so closely behind he British Legion Poppy appeal and this week’s ‘Children in Need’ activities, Rasen Rotarians will not be taking to the streets to collect for the disaster,” said Rotarian David Mason.
“However, if anyone wishes to donate to Shelter Box, they can do so directly at www.shelterbox.org orcall the donation hotline on 0300 0300 500.
“Alternatively, contact the Market Rasen Rotary Treasurer on 01673 844746 and we will be pleased to forward the donation.”