Brechin Rotary Club’s Christmas bag-pack at the Co-op has enabled members to fund a ShelterBox, as pictured with the Club’s President Charlie Allison.
Tom Henderson of the Rotary Club of Helston Lizard in Cornwall started the ShelterBox scheme in 2000, and it has quickly grown to become one of Rotary’s largest projects in the world, providing practical and speedy help wherever there is need in the world.
At the heart of every ShelterBox is a disaster relief tent for a family of up to ten people and designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall.
In addition to the tent, there is an extensive range of survival equipment and tools, including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets.
There is even a pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. For children who have lost most if not all of their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.
The boxes are not cheap at £590 but the worldwide strength and size of Rotary means that the boxes have proved to be a significant life-saver in disaster zones.
The first project in 2001 saw 143 boxes dispatched to Gujurat in India, but more recently saw 27,500 going out to Haiti after the devastating earthquake there, providing help within 24 hours of the disaster. The tents alone provided shelter for a quarter of a million people.
Brechin Rotary Club would like to thank the people of Brechin for their generosity at the bag pack.