ROTARY AND SHELTERBOX HELP TO THE CARIBBEAN
Submitted to C & B News for consideration October 2017
C&B News readers may have seen the appeal from ShelterBox to help people made homeless following the impact of Hurricane Irma. 500 ShelterKits were quickly on their way to St. Kitts and an expert ShelterBox Response Team set up a base of operations in Antigua with their focus on the first islands that were affected by Hurricane Irma, like Barbuda.
ShelterBox was originally set up by a Rotarian and whilst it is an independent registered charity, Rotary remains a project partner giving regular support. The Currie Balerno Club has done so over many years and has displayed a box and its contents locally on several occasions as shown here at the Gyle at the time of the Nepal Earthquake in 2015.
The boxes contain tents, tarpaulins, blankets, water filters, solar lights, tools and cooking equipment and each box costs £600. In response to the Caribbean appeal the Currie Balerno Rotary Club has funded a box from its Charity Fund and a second box from members’ personal donations.