Newbury Rotary fund new Water Survival Boxes
The Rotary Club of Newbury, through their International group, has recently sponsored six Water Survival Boxes at a cost of £900. These boxes will be stored ready for issue to any international disaster area, to protect families from water borne diseases. Water Survival Box is a UK charity trust which is managed by the Rotary Club of Chelwood Bridge. This charity has responded to over 25 natural disasters since the Asian tsunami in 2006. When a natural or manmade disaster occurs boxes are flown out to the stricken area and within days are being distributed by local Rotary clubs or other international aid agencies. Recent support has been distributed in Colombia, Japan, Pakistan, the Horn of Africa and Philippines.
Each Water Survival Box is a rigid 54 litre plastic container that becomes the receptacle for water when emptied of essential survival items. It includes a pump and filtration pack to give clean drinking water for a family of four for 4 months. The essential survival items typically include a water collection container, drinking mugs, cooking pots, eating bowls, spoons, antiseptic spray, cotton materials, needles and thread to make basic clothes, basic tools and a tarpaulin and cords to make a simple shelter. Effectively, the box is filled with new items that people, who have lost everything, would need to survive the critical weeks following a catastrophic event. Since starting Water Survival Box has shipped out nearly 9000 boxes around the world.
Full information on the service that Water Survival Box provide can be found on http://www.worldwaterworks.org . Anyone wishing to support or donate can do so online.
The Rotary Club of Newbury is one of 1,855 clubs within Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland (RIBI) which has in total over 55,000 members. It in turn, is an integral part of Rotary International, the world’s first service organisation.
Rotary runs countless humanitarian projects both locally, nationally and internationally, and also partners with many charities worldwide. By combining our skills and resources, we are able to make a real contribution to the lives of others.
Contact address: Chris Bartlam,
49 Laylands Green, Kintbury, Hungerford, Berks, RG17 9UB
Tel: 01488 658540
Rotary Club of Newbury web address: http://www.newburyrotary.org
Rotary’s main objective is service in the community, in the workplace, and around the globe. There are 1.2 million Rotarians who make up more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in nearly every country in the world who all share a dedication to the ideal of Service Above Self. Rotary Club of Newbury is one of those clubs.