Moved by the pictures of the devastation in the Philippines, members of the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour organised a charity collection at which they raised £952 for Shelterbox.
Shelterbox is one of Rotary’s main charities, originally formed by the Rotary Club of Helston, it is now run separately, and supported by Rotary Clubs worldwide.
Shelterbox provides disaster relief following major humanitarian crises and has been much needed and most effective in recent times following such events as the earthquakes in Haiti and before that, Pakistan.
Within each Shelterbox there is a tent, groundsheets, sleeping bags, a stove and cooking utensils, as well as water purifying equipment - enough to accommodate a family of 10 people.
The Shelterboxes are sent out to the disaster area from warehouses, accompanied by trained volunteers who assist in setting them up.
Morrisons gave the Rotary Club of Sovereign Harbour a really prominent position in their store, which allowed us to display a Shelterbox together with posters and pamphlets, and customers gave generously.
Don Perman, a Past President of the club, and the person who organised the collection, said, “Iin the two days, we collected £952 which, with a small top-up from our club funds, will enable us to purchase further Shelterboxes for this great cause.
“We were completely overwhelmed by the generosity of the public–many were putting £5 and £10 notes into our collection buckets and asking questions about Shelterbox.
“Club members who took part in the collection were saying how rewarding it was to see members of the public giving so generously, particularly as there was also the Children in Need collection that weekend, and most people are feeling pressure on their finances.”