Rotary clubs rally round with aid

Shelter Boxes are an effective means of support.
Shelter Boxes are an effective means of support.

Rotary Clubs in Forfar and Kirriemuir have given their support to relief efforts for the victims of the recent earthquakes in Nepal.

Touched by the plight of those who have been made homeless by the disasters, both clubs have paid for two Shelter Boxes. Each box contains a 10-person tent built to withstand extreme weather conditions along with basic hand tools, multi-fuel stove, pots, pans, mugs and bowls along with water collection filtration and purification equipment.

At a cost of between £550 and £600 each, it was felt that this was a quick way of getting much-needed relief out to the region.

Press coverage suggests that aid is being held back and not all the money donated gets to the regions fast enough but within Rotary is a safe way to make sure all donations and provisions get to the heart of the problem.

Forfar president Alan Cairns praised the club for its response to the crisis and said that although it may seem a small part in the overall situation in Nepal it is a worthy cause where every bit of assistance is needed to alleviate further suffering.

The Kirriemuir club has also contacted local churches and schools to appeal for donations to provide more Shelter Boxes or Aqua Boxes to the Kathmandu area.

Clean water is in short supply and aqua boxes contain equipment which is used to store, filter and purify water.

Kirrie Rotarians are also appealing to any other community group or individuals in its area who would like to help make a difference by donating, to contact or the club or any of its members.

Both Shelter Box and Aqua Box are Rotary volunteer-driven charities both in this country and in the disaster area. This keeps overhead costs low and gives a good result from every pound donated.