Shelter box fund raiser pays off

Pictured is Brechin Rotary president Steve Collis with a Shelter Box.

Pictured is Brechin Rotary president Steve Collis with a Shelter Box.

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Brechin Rotary Club’s fund-raising for a Rotary Shelter box has come to fruition with a family now using the items.

At the heart of every ShelterBox is a disaster relief tent for a family of up to 10 people and designed to withstand extreme weather.

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.

Brechin Club President Steve Collis (pictured) was proud and delighted to announce last week that Brechin’s Shelter box is now being used by one of the families from the Yazidi community affected by the conflict in Iraq and trapped on Mount Sinjar.

The conflict has rarely been out of the headlines in the last year, with many facing danger and being forced from their homes.

The boxes are not cheap at £590, but the worldwide strength and size of Rotary has enabled it to make a significant difference.

Brechin Rotary Club would like to thank the people of Brechin who have made it happen with their generosity at various fund-raisers.