Rothesay Rotary turns focus on Philippines

Members of the Rotary Club of Rothesay have decided this week to divert funds normally donated to organisations on Bute to instead help with the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines.

The club is donating two ShelterBoxes and three AquaBoxes to the Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal one week after the storm, in which 3,621 people have now been confirmed as having lost their lives.

Each ShelterBox contains the essentials for survival for a family of up to 16 people, while each AquaBox is capable of generating up to 500,000 litres of drinking water from local contaminated water - enough drinking water for six hundred people for more than a year and a half.

Bert Alexander from the Rotary Club of Rothesay said: “We normally donate to local youth groups and local and national charities. However in view of the disaster in the Philippines we decided we should try to help these people who are suffering.

“We decided to cut back our donations to our “normal” recipients and give to the Philippines people. We tried to safeguard the local youth groups as far as possible. We will look again later at restoring donations to them.”