Rotary fundraising brings hope to Philippines
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Generous Barnstaple shoppers donated thousands to typhoon appeal.
SHOPPERS in Barnstaple and Bideford have been giving generously to help people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.
In the two weeks since the disaster struck, two street collections organised by the towns’ rotary clubs have raised more than £7,500 in aid of the Shelterboxes charity.
High Street collections in Barnstaple raised £5,000 in two days, swelling the clubs’ efforts to beyond £12,000.
Meanwhile, the two Rotary clubs of Bideford collected £2,500 on the High Street and outside Morrison’s supermarket.
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The money will be used to buy around 25 disaster relief boxes to be sent to the worst affected areas.
Each box contains a disaster relief tent; blankets; groundsheets; water storage and filtration equipment; cooking utensils; a basic tool kit; a children’s activity pack; and other vital items.
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John Bishop of the Bideford Bridge Rotary Club, said: “The generous response of the people of Bideford was unbelievable; they were eager to help overcome the suffering of thousands on the other side of the world.
“They gave money knowing that they could trust both their local Rotary clubs to help them do their bit.”
A spokesperson for the Barnstaple clubs added: “Local people contributed generously; every penny of the money raised will go to Shelterbox and help support the relief effort and enable victims to reclaim their lives.
“The Shelterboxes will be used to provide long-term and sustainable support for survivors of the typhoon.”
Rotary Great Britain and Ireland has set up a disaster fund and will be working with Rotary clubs in the Philippines to help rebuild schools, hospitals, roads and other essential parts of the country’s infrastructure in the long term.
For more about the Shelterbox appeal, visit www.shelterbox.org