The Shoeboxes after unloading in December. They then are sorted into box types then loaded onto the next vehicle set to leave for Eastern Europe and distribution by Rotary International and its partners.
Our Club thanks everyone who filled Shoeboxes this year helping us to deliver to the International Aid warehouse in Preston for onward shipment, the magnificent total of 163 boxes.
With a mixture of household items, toys for babies, youngsters and teenagers too, the gifts will bring much happiness to many vulnerable families in Eastern Europe.
Another example of Rotary in Action!
Thank you everyone.
We were all shocked by the results of Hurricane Irma across the Caribbean. Matters were made worse by the arrival of Hurricane Maria. We then saw the horrific newsreels of the Rohingya Crisis on the borders of Bangladesh and Myanmar (Burma). The Club resolved that we should respond in a meaningful manner and that we should do this through ShelterBox. This charity which is well known to Club Members were quick to respond to both crises. They had teams in both the Caribbean and Bangladesh assessing local needs and arranging for aid to be distributed. For the Caribbean this included tents, ShelterKits, solar lights and water carriers. The Club purchased eight ShelterBoxes for a total of £4,720.
ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox provide boxes containing the equipment to help prov
ide for the immediate needs of people affected by disasters. As well as the Caribbean they are also currently providing tents, blankets, children’s clothing, mattresses and kitchen sets for displaced families in Syria. Similar help has been sent to Niger where some sixteen thousand people are in a refugee camp having been driven from their homes by Boko Harram. Overshadowed by the Rohingya crisis there has been severe flooding in Bangladesh. ShelterBox are also proving help to the people worst affected.
Rtn Richard Horrell.
Church Elders Peter Kay and Dennis Simpson of Bethel Christian Fellowship and 71 boxes of gifts ready for shipment.
Each year our Rotary Club asks for support for the wonderful Shoebox scheme which sends shoebox size boxes of gifts and household items to Central and eastern Europe.Since the project was launched in 1994, over one million boxes have been delivered.
The Bethel Christian Fellowship is just one of the many friends of our Club who regularly support the scheme and this year, as the picture shows, contributed a massive 71 boxes.
We are extremely grateful for their support.