The Rotary Club of Somer Valley recently donated £3,000 to World Wide Water Works Ltd to help with water aid in Nepal. Lawrence Kettle, Chairman of the Club’s International Committee was also hoping to obtain £2,000 matched funding from The Big Gift. The donation was gratefully received by Ray Lithgo, member of Chelwood Bridge Rotary and a Director of World Wide Water Works Ltd.
Ray explained that they are desperate for donations to ensure water boxes can be filled with survival equipment and shipped out urgently. Therefore this contribution will be used immediately to purchase the survival equipment needed.
As a follow-up to the recent donation, in one hour during the morning of Thursday 4 June members of Somer Valley filled 60 Water Boxes in readiness for a second consigned to be sent to Nepal.
Members of the Rotary Club of Mendip were out in force collecting money for disaster relief following the earthquake in Nepal. Collections were undertaken in Cheddar, Axbridge and Wedmore where the public gave generously. Including individual donations from club members, the total amount raised was over £2,000. The money has been sent to World Waterworks, a Rotary-led charity. The boxes containing water purification kits, basic cooking implements, tools and household goods. Each purification kit will deliver 10 litres of safe drinking water per day, and will provide for a family of five for 12 months.
Weston Rotarians provide emergency shelter and equipment for survivors of the earthquake disaster in Nepal. The Rotary Club of Weston-super-Mare and the Inner Wheel Club of West Woodspring collected a total of £964.00 from the public at Waitrose on Sunday 10th May for #ShelterBox. The money raised will enable emergency shelter and repair kits that are needed for survival to be sent to Nepal
On Saturday the Bath community and visitors were asked to think of others and contribute to a street collection to raise funds for relief work in Nepal. This was organised by the Rotary Club of Bath who were assisted by the Rotary Clubs of Bath West and Bath Avon, the ladies of Inner Wheel and the Mayor of Bath, Councillor Cherry Beath.
As expected the community were extremely generous and gave willingly to the cause. It was probably assisted by the biting cold wind which was blowing, but as we told the contributors, nothing as bad as being experienced in Kathmandu and elsewhere in that horror struck country.
Due to the bank holiday we do not yet know how much was contributed, but a visual estimate put it at over £4000. Every penny of this will go to the relief workers, but more than that, we have been promised that if we raise £5000 an anonymous benefactor will double that sum. Therefore we will be back on the streets next Sunday 19th May when we will be trying to reach or even exceed the target.
Many thanks for all the collectors who withstood the cold weather, to the many who contributed and especially those who thanked us for collecting. This latter put a smile on many a frozen face.
For Rotary Club of Bath
Good afternoon to all District International Service Chairmen and fellow Rotarians in Britain, Ireland, France, Scandinavia and USA
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE – 25 APRIL 2015
At least 2,000 dead, hundreds of thousands made homeless and/or without access to clean water
Humanity First UK (one of our regular aid agencies) are considering sending a team to assist. We have offered the bulk of our current stock of packed Water-Survival Boxes (providing they can cover the cost of air freight). We expect a decision from HFUK in the next day or so. The alternative route would be via Rotary District 3292 that includes Nepal.
Funds are urgently needed to cover the cost of air freight for the existing stock and to pay for more boxes that may well be requested given the scale of this disaster.
Donations can be made by bank transfer to:
Bank: CAF Bank, West Malling, Kent, England
Bank Code: 40-52-40
Account: Worldwaterworks Ltd
A/C No: 00020591
Donations from outside Great Britain should include:
Online donations can be made on our BigGive page – access via our website www.worldwaterworks.org
In order that we can continue to respond at the same level to future disasters we need sustained funding in the order of £150,000 – £200,000 each year. The standard box containing a Grifaid Aquafilter Family water-purification kit and other essential survival items costs £150. This covers the cost of the box, contents, and air freight to the disaster area. The new water purification kit is designed to supply 100,000 litres of clean water for at least 3 years if used 24/7. As all the work involved in running the project is provided by volunteers donations are applied to the costs of the box, water-purification kit, other essential survival items and the air freight charges to ensure the aid reaches families in need in the shortest time possible. We hope all Rotary and Inner Wheel Clubs can support our endeavours by donating the cost of two boxes (one in the case of Inner Wheel Clubs) each year. Demonstration Boxes are positioned in most Rotary Districts for use by local Clubs and where none can be located we can supply – email back to me please.
Donations can be made online through our website or by cheque made payable to ‘Worldwaterworks Limited’ and sent to Westfield Business Centre, 32A Second Avenue, Westfield Trading Estate, Midsomer Norton BA3 4BH
Yours in Rotary humanitarian aid Service
Hugo Pike OBE PHF
Director of Operations
PP RC Chelwood Bridge