The Rotary Club of Thorne has donated £2,000 in order to send two Shelter boxes to Syria and two more to the Philippines.
A ShelterBox Response Team was already in the Philippines when the typhoon struck, helping following last month’s 7.2 magnitude earthquake which damaged 34,000 homes. The team is now busy helping local people cope with the aftermath of not only an earthquake but now one of the most powerful storms on record.
A further two ShelterBox Response Teams are en route to the Philippines to assist with coordinating in-country. ShelterBox’s response will focus in three of the badly affected regions – Tacloban, Cebu and Bohol. Reports are coming in of 80-90 per cent damage of some towns in these provinces.
Following last month’s earthquake and Friday’s typhoon, all ShelterBox aid pre-positioned in the Philippines has now been despatched, en route to the disaster areas. The ShelterBox Operations Team have been working around the clock to plan the logistics of getting other pre-positioned stock in places like Dubai and Melbourne to the stricken country. Further ShelterBoxes will also be packed at ShelterBox HQ over the coming days.
Response team volunteer, Mark Curnow, who has just arrived in the region, said: “In all my years as a response team volunteer I have never seen devastation like this. The loss of life, the total destruction and the desperation of the survivors – I find it difficult to find the words to describe to you what I’m seeing.”
The picture shows Thorne president John, Rotarian David Parker (chair of international) and treasurer Geoff Morrey.