Rotary Helping Turkey & Syria
Saturday 18th February saw Rotarians in Basingstoke and friends of Rotary in Festival Place collecting to help Turkey and Syria after the devastating earthquake. Thanks to Festival Place Management team who gave us a wonderful site and the generosity of the people of Basingstoke we were able to collect over £3400 to go to Shelterbox and Rotary Disaster Recovery,
SHELTERBOX, Rotary’s global partner for Disaster Relief is a UK-based international charity. SHELTERBOX was founded by the Rotary Club of Helston, Cornwall. Working alongside UNICEF & other international charities, it provides emergency shelter & survival kits to 1000s of families who have lost everything through natural disasters such as the earthquake in Turkey & Syria.
A full Shelterbox provides a robust tent and the basic essentials for sleeping, cooking and water purification for a family of 10 to survive for 6 months. There will also be small toys and books and pencils for children. SHELTER KITS, and SHELTER TOOL KITS used to build and repair are also needed. The contents of these kits are tailored to the need in the area and may include tarpaulin, ropes, tie wire, handsaw, nails, hammer, axes & other items such as water filters
Shelterbox highly trained response teams have been working tirelessly in both Turkey and Syria to deliver aid to the regions affected by the earthquake. The team in Turkey met with Rotarians colleagues in Istanbul to discuss the logistical challenges of accessing the affected areas.
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