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Rotarians’ relief for stricken islanders

One of the Aquaboxes which was sent to the Philippines by Cleckheaton Rotarians.

One of the Aquaboxes which was sent to the Philippines by Cleckheaton Rotarians.

Cleckheaton Rotarians have sent aid to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

The club held a stall at the town’s Christmas Lights celebration which raised £170 and which will be added to club funds to help the appeal.

Rotary clubs in the UK are founders and supporters of Aquabox emergency aid scheme which the Cleckheaton club has long supported. The money has funded an Aquabox Gold which contains an aquafilter for a family plus two survival bags and a tap to fit the box which allows it to serve as water storage tank. The box is also filled with humanitarian goods to help a family.

The club has also sent an Aquabox community filter system that will purify 500,000 litres of drinking water for two years and two additional family filter units.

The Aquabox scheme runs alongside another Rotary scheme, ShelterBox, that provides tents and similar emergency equipment for disaster areas, and hundreds were among the first relief supplies to reach the stricken islanders.

Gladys Corbett, Honorary Consul for the Philippines, said: “A huge thank you to every Rotarian around the world who is supporting our disaster relief work in the Philippines. Together we are making a difference.”

 

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