Rotary clubs unite to help disaster area

Rotary Club pesidents Bruce Alexander, Kate Rivett and Richard Thacker with fundraiser Peter Kite (second left) to launch the club's Philippines Disaster Appeal.
Rotary Club pesidents Bruce Alexander, Kate Rivett and Richard Thacker with fundraiser Peter Kite (second left) to launch the club's Philippines Disaster Appeal.

All three Rotary Clubs in South Holland are teaming up to help people in the Philippines affected by Typhoon Haiyan.

Rotarians from Spalding, South Holland and Welland Centenary clubs have launched a fundraising appeal to help people left homeless and without food after the typhoon hit the country on Friday.

Club members will be outside Boots and South Holland Centre in Market Place, Spalding, on Saturday from 9am until 1pm collecting cash towards emergency shelters and supplies to be provided by relief charity ShelterBox.

Bruce Alexander, president of South Holland Rotary Club, said: “The disaster is completely devastating and many people in the Philippines have nothing left, so we’re just trying to give them some essential supplies and we’ll have the ability to get it there with the funds raised.

“But we’ve not got time to wait so we have to do it now because these people have gone from living in a civilised country to a third world one overnight.”

So far, more than 2,200 people have died and almost 3,700 have been injured by Typhoon Haiyan which has also left more than 670,000 people homeless.

Welland Centenary Rotary Club president Kate Rivett said: “I don’t think you can help but be moved by the plight of people who have lost everything and will be affected for many years to come.

“If everybody who walks past us on Saturday gives just 10p, it will make a big difference.”

Donations can also be made at A P Sales in New Road, Bookmark and the Guardian offices, both in The Crescent.

Spalding Rotary Club president Richard Thacker said: “Sometimes, you have to stop what you’re doing and help those who are less fortunate than yourselves.”