Posted: Jan 18, 2010 at 1:49 PM [Jan 18, 2010]
In response to the devastating earthquake and the pressing humanitarian needs in Haiti, Rotary clubs throughout the world are taking an active role in sending disaster relief through ShelterBox, a Rotary charity.
Shelterbox provides and a “big green box” containing tents, cooking equipment, sleeping bags, blankets, tools sufficient to a family of ten. The Rotary Club of Dexter has sponsored a shelter box in response to the pressing humanitarian need in Haiti.
To date, Emergency shelter provision for more than 30,000 people has now been pledged by rotary clubs to the people of Haiti with more due to follow but the logistical nightmare in Haiti continues. 1,700 ShelterBoxes have already been dispatched and a further 1,600 will leave from the UK this week directly for Port au Prince, Haiti. Warehouse volunteers in the UK have worked tirelessly packing the boxes. This is a total of 3,300 ShelterBoxes with more to follow. The ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) on the ground is continuing its work with ACTED and local Rotarians in order to ensure the fastest and most effective distribution of aid. David Eby (US), Wayne Robinson (US) and Mark Pearson (UK), who have been in Port au Prince since Thursday, have commenced training sessions with their contacts on the ground to help them deliver and distribute the ShelterBoxes.
ShelterBox USA Executive Director Veronica Miller said: “Thousands of
families have been affected by the Haiti earthquake tragedy, and our
volunteers around the world are coming together to make sure that
affected families receive ShelterBox aid as quickly as possible. The
outpouring of public support has been incredible, but more help is needed.
The Rotary Club of Dexter club is accepting donations made out to ShelterboxUSA.
Donations can be sent to
Rotary Club of Dexter
P.O. Box 37
Dexter, MI 48130
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