Forres Rotary helping vulnerable people around the world tackle Coronavirus
Volunteers held a socially-distanced collection in the Tesco car park in Forres between 10am-4pm on Saturday (August 22) to raise cash and awareness for the Shelterbox appeal which aims to provide practical help for vulnerable individuals.
FORRES Rotary is appealing to the public to support their fundraising efforts this weekend to help make a difference to those who have no protection against the global Pandemic.
Volunteers held a Socially-distanced collection in Tesco Car Park in Forres between 10am -4pm on Saturday (August 22nd) to raise cash and awareness for the Shelterbox appeal which aims to provide practical help for vunerable individuals, including those in temporary camps, war or disaster zones to maintain good hygiene and minimise their risk contracting Covid-19.
President Tanya McLaren, FRC members and Shelterbox coordinator Andy Wardlaw realised it was vital to help people who may be at greater risk of contracting the virus due to their desperate circumstances, but organising a collection was challenging.
Andy Said: "We had to ensure the safety of the members and public and ensure we met all social distancing guidance and regulations. We have completed a risk assessment nd special measures will be in place to make sure we comply."
"Although it is in the pipeline for future fundraisers, we are not yet set up to take car payments so we will have the usual cash collection buckets in place and are hoping the public will remember to bring their spare change and be generous and help us to help people in a desperate situation."
Tanya added: "This is our first public outing since Lockdown and although the club have been maintaining contact with members through monthly zoom chats, like other clubs in Rotary we wanted to get back out there and do what we do best with the help of the Forres public which is to help others. We approached Tesco about our plans and they were happy to allow us to go ahead."
Shelterbox is a global organisation that provides kits to disaster areas, containing everything someone in crisis would need from a tent with sleeping bags, to tools, cooking utensils, water purification tablets and more, but they have adapted the kits to include hand sanitisers, and other items which will help keep people safe who are living in overcrowded situations where disease is rife and where Coronavirus could spread like wildfire without the means to protect themselves.
A spokesperson from Shelterbox said: "Now more than ever, shelter is essential to families who have lost their homes to keep them safe and help limit the spread of the virus."
For up to date information on how Shelterbox is responding to the Coronavirus crisis and helping to keep vulnerable families and volunteers safe visit their website.