Memories of Nepal inspire Rotary aid

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Rotarians have leapt into action in the wake of last month’s earthquake in Nepal.

The Rotary Clubs of Buckingham and Winslow are sending ShelterBoxes to the area.

Costing about £600 each, ShelterBoxes contain a tent, groundsheets and thermal blankets for a family, plus cooking stove and utensils, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, mosquito nets, a basic tool kit and an activity pack for children.

At last week’s meeting, members of Winslow Rotary recalled a walking holiday in Nepal six years ago.

President David Sibthorp said: “We had a fabulous two weeks in Kathmandu and Pokhara. We not only enjoyed the walking but met some lovely and beautiful people who had very little but were happy and generous. We made many friends. All I can say is that my heart goes out to them at this time.”

“We all agreed that getting help to the Nepalese people as soon as possible was the priority. We have found money for two ShelterBoxes but, as time is of the essence, we have limited opportunity to raise money from the public.

“So in addition to using our existing charity funds, we have received additional contributions from our members to enable us also to buy a number of Aquabox water purification kits.

“It is heartbreaking to see these lovely people in such a state when they have so little.”

Also appalled by the tragedy, Buckingham Rotary immediately sent a ShelterBox and then set about raising money to send more. Last Saturday, Buckingham Rotarians were at Buckingham street market, collecting money for more ShelterBoxes.

This was also an opportunity to provide information about Rotary, obtain some more nominations for Rotary’s Citizen and Young Citizen of the Year, and publicise the forthcoming Buckingham Classic event for motoring enthusiasts.

President David Jackson said “Buckingham folk are so generous – we are well on our way to another Shelter Box and, as we plan to be here on the following two Saturdays, we may even manage a third.

“We want to do all we can to help our friends in Nepal.”