Rotary clubs help fund Vanuatu relief operation

The Rotary Club has helped Cyclone-hit Vanuatu by supplying ShelterBoxes
The Rotary Club has helped Cyclone-hit Vanuatu by supplying ShelterBoxes

Rotary Clubs from around District 1070 have all rallied around raising vital funds for some “quick response” aid for the people of the cyclone stricken island of Vanuatu.

In our area the Rushden and Chichele Clubs manned the buckets at the Waitrose store and at the Higham Farmers’ Market raising a superb amount of around £1,400 and have already sent off two shelter boxes containing tents and other equipment.

The Kettering and Corby Phoenix Clubs are also actively involved in sending aid relief and Rotary International are co-ordinating their entire efforts through Rotary Clubs on the island.

Rotary is proud to work with our partner ShelterBox who are experienced in sending essential relief aid to people in dire need across the globe.

Local Rotary clubs are among those all over the world quick to respond by sending money to ShelterBox to help victims of Cyclone Pam in Vanuatu.

ShelterBox sent its first response team to Vanuatu as soon as civilian flights began arriving. Their initial reaction to Cyclone Pam’s aftermath was one of shock.

The 185 mph winds at the peak of Cyclone Pam have damaged or destroyed 90 per cent of structures on the capital’s island of Efate. Around 3,300 people are sheltering in 37 evacuation centres.

ShelterBox has immediately deployed 1,000 shelter kits from Malaysia.

These provide waterproofing for damaged roofs, cover for rebuilding works, or they can be used to make basic shelters.