Hurricane Irma (11 September 2017)

Here is a report about what Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland is doing relating to Hurricane Irma and other recent disasters

Please find an update issued by Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI)  on the action being taken by Rotary in connection with the natural disasters affecting many parts of the world but particularly Islands in the Caribbean.

RIBI advise that the Donations trust appeal will specifically be used for post disaster reconstruction in the Caribbean area for Rotary projects which will be undertaken with Rotary partners in the Islands.

Disasters update (RIBI)

We have been faced over the last couple of weeks with an unprecedented number of natural disasters around the world.

Extreme flooding caused by massive monsoon rains in SE Asia, landslides in Sierra Leone, the after effects of Hurricane Harvey in Texas and other southern states in USA, the total devastation of some Caribbean Islands by Hurricane Irma, has prompted lots of questions as to how Rotary in Great Britain & Ireland can help.   

The nature of the devastation caused in almost all cases is severely depleting the stocks of the box charities that we support; ShelterBox, Aquabox, Water Survival Box, Disaster Aid UK and Lifestraws, so donations to them are very much welcomed at the moment.

The Rotary Foundation has set up a specific appeal for funds to help with dealing with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

District 7020 in the northern Caribbean has also set up a disaster fund to help deal with the huge devastation in certain Caribbean Islands caused by Irma. 

Because of our strong links with many of the Caribbean Islands RIBI has set up a fund under the Donations Trust to help fund post hurricane reconstruction. This will be used to help fund specific Rotary reconstruction projects.

Details of all of these plus links for donations can all be found on the RIBI website at

Toni Roberts

District International Chair