Swindon North Rotary Club responds to the Indonesian Earthquake Appeal
Donation sent from the Club's Emergency Disaster Fund to World Water Works
The Rotary Club has sent £250 from its Disaster Fund to the World Water Works Appeal for Sulawesi in Indonesia. The money was sent through The Big Give which matched the payment meaning that the donation was increased to £500. The World Water Works Appeal aims to raise £60,000 to cover the cost of 400 water survival boxes.
On Friday 12 October 2018 Hugo Pike of World Water Works wrote to the Club as follows:
My apologies for the time it has taken to express our thanks but, as you might imagine, we have been kept very busy in response to the earthquake and tsunami that devastated central Sulawesi in Indonesia.
Many thanks for your generous donation to our appeal for Indonesia which was matched through the BigGive – our online donation site.
Our existing stock of 300 Water-Survival Boxes is ready to go to Sulawesi as soon as the Indonesian authorities give the green light to proceed. Your donation will be used to pay for further supplies to go to Indonesia and the appeal has reached a remarkable £47,235 before the matched funding was exhausted. This is enough to pay for 315 boxes and cover the air freight costs to ensure they get to Indonesia as quickly as possible.
Since we are a pure Rotary charity, entirely staffed by volunteers, all donations are applied to the provision of our life-saving aid. The Grifaid Aquafilter Family unit is capable of filtering up to 100,000 litres of contaminated water and making it safe to drink - so that each member of a family of 5 would be able to get 10 litres of clean water every day for up to five years. Where survivors are housed together in a camp environment the unit can provide 10 litres a day for 100 people for 3 months.
Thank you for supporting our Rotary project. Please pass our thanks to all members of the Rotary Club of Swindon North for this and your continuing support.
In Rotary friendship
Hugo Pike OBE
Rotarian Hugo Pike is Director of Operations, Worldwaterworks Ltd, Rotary’s Water-Survival Box project. www.watersurvivalbox.org
He was the Club's speaker at its meeting on 6th March 2017