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Putney Rotary sends a Shelterbox to Haiti

Thanks to the generosity of Putney Rotary Club members and friends, a ShelterBox is on its way to Haiti this Friday, 5 February. The box contains a ten-person tent, water purification equipment and other survival necessities. It is in a consignment of 1,800 ShelterBoxes leaving Stansted Airport for San Domingo, from where they will be transported overland to Port au Prince.

Club members and guests raised £331 at the Club’s 85th Birthday Dinner last Monday, 25 January, In addition to £150 already collected. This has enabled the Club to buy the box for £490. Another £114 has been raised for a second box, thanks to fund raising by a client of a Club member. Friday’s consignment will bring the total of ShelterBoxes on the ground in Haiti to over 7,000, providing emergency shelter to more than 70,000 people. ShelterBox is a British-based disaster response organisation supported by Rotary Clubs worldwide.

Hundreds of ShelterBox tents now form a camp in Port au Prince. Putney’s President, Jonathan Nish, points out: “This is an urban camp to enable people to carry on with their daily lives. It means they won’t be forced to move to locations outside Port au Prince. ShelterBox also has tent encampments in several other locations in and around Port au Prince. They include emergency shelter to families
with newborn babies and pregnant women. “

Support Putney Rotary and Shelterbox with a donation.

01 Jan 2010

Notes to Editors

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Members carry out this work in their community and/or overseas by giving their time and their expertise.

A Rotary Club is open to men and women who are business, professional or community leaders who want to use their experience for the benefit of others. Paul Harris formed the world's first service club in Chicago on 23rd February 1905. The name Rotary is derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.


For further information about this news release, please contact Jane Hammond [Email]

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