The Rotary Club of Gibraltar has recently made a donation of £1000 to ‘ShelterBox’. This is a Rotary-sponsored international disaster relief charity specialising in emergency shelter provision.
Humanitarian aid is delivered in iconic green ShelterBoxes. Each one contains a disaster relief tent for up to 10 people, a stove, blankets and other items essential for survival. ShelterBox responds to disaster as quickly as possible with the aim of helping the people who are most in need.
Every box is individually numbered and can be tracked by donors. Each box costs £490 – including the cost of all materials, packing, storage, transport worldwide and distribution to the needy. Assuming six months’ use, this equates to shelter and warmth for less than 30 pence per person per day.
Rotary Club’s President on the Rock, Julian Risso said “The Rotary club of Gibraltar is primarily a charitable club and therefore we consider it our duty to help out in any ways we can people who need help, whether locally or internationally.As well as the recent disaster in Japan, in recent years the Rotary Club of Gibraltar has also supported ShelterBox in various disasters such as Haiti and Pakistan. Shelterbox provides much needed lifesaving humanitarian support on the ground in countries where disasters such as these happen. Therefore the Rotary Club of Gibraltar is pleased to purchase ShelterBoxes to help the Japanese people survive this present dreadful disaster”, concluded Julian.