Ellon Rotarians’ aid for stricken countries

Ellon Rotary Club have sent six ShelterBoxes to Syria and the Phillipines.
Ellon Rotary Club have sent six ShelterBoxes to Syria and the Phillipines.

Ellon Rotarians have sent a consignment of aid to Syria and the Phillipines.

The shipment of six ShelterBoxes is to help refugees, and victims of Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated psarts of South-east Asia last month.

One has gone to war-torn Syria and the remaining five to the Phillipines.

The boxes, each one costing £590, deliver the essentials a family needs to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. Each large, green ShelterBox is tailored to the particular area to which it is sent.

Typically it contains a disaster relief tent for an extended family, blankets, groundsheets, water storage and filtration equipment, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items.

Ellon Rotary Club spokesman Doug Winchester thanked local people for their support.

He said: “Rotary is an international organisation – made up of ordinary people - committed to serving communities, wherever they may be.

“Thankfully, here in Ellon we are sheltered from the political upheaval and forces of nature that have affected the lives of so many in other parts of the world, such as Syria or the Phillipines.

“With the help of the outstanding generosity of the people of Ellon and district, the Rotary Club of Ellon have been able to send six ShelterBoxes to those in need – one to assist the Syrian refugees and five to the recent typhoon-hit Phillipines.

“The Rotary Club of Ellon thanks the town for its support.”

The ShelterBox charity provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies for families around the world who are affected by disasters.

Founded in 2000, the organisation’s response teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.