Rotary supports earthquake relief

Staff ~ The Amherst News
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AMHERST - Members of the Amherst Rotary Club are reaching out to help those impacted by the earthquake in Haiti.

The club and its members have contributed $2,000 that will be used to purchase a pair of shelter boxes that will be immediately shipped to Haiti.

Shelter Box Canada is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters world wide.

Shelter boxes are pre-packaged tents that include other survival gear including one 10-person tent, vinyl insulated sleeping mats and lightweight thermal blankets, one pack of 180 water purification tablets or a water purification kit and one five-gallon flat-pack water container.

The boxes also include shovels, rope, mosquito netting, tools, a stove, eating utensils, cups and plates, children's school supplies and activity kits.

Rotary clubs around the world have sent 2,300 of these boxes to Haiti so far. That's enough to provide shelter to 230,000 people.

The Amherst club recently purchased a shelter box that was used following a typhoon in the Philippines.

Organizations: Amherst Rotary Club

Geographic location: Haiti, AMHERST, Philippines

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