The earthquake in Haiti underlines in the most graphic fashion possible just how
precarious is the hold that life has on the earth, and how easily we can go from
an ordered society to a state of total chaos. Haiti is doubly unfortunate in that,
as well as the earthquake, it suffers from being one of the world’s poorest countries,
with an infrastructure to match. Outside help is therefore even more urgent than
The three local Rotary Clubs: Southport, Southport Links, and Southport Meols, were
given the opportunity by the local branch of Tesco’s Supermarket to hold a bucket
collection for Haiti, during the weekend of 16th and 17th January. The response to
this has been tremendous, with almost £5,500 being collected.
This money will go directly to the purchase of ShelterBoxes. Each ShelterBox provides
emergency facilities for up to ten people, and the funds raised so far (19th January)
will buy 11 ShelterBoxes. In addition, two more boxes have been donated by individuals.
Click here to learn more about ShelterBoxes
Southport Rotary President Peter Downham, and Rotarians Peter Selley and David Brayshaw,
collecting funds for Haiti in Tesco’s Supermarket, 17th January
Rtn Peter Selley, ShelterBox Co-ordinator for Southport Rotary Club, brought a real-life
ShelterBox along to Tesco’s for the collection, for members of the public to see
exactly what it is that is being sent.
In total, more than ten thousand ShelterBoxes were sent to Haiti, providing temporary
shelter for up to a hundred thousand homeless people. Although this is only a partial
solution to the huge disaster which has afflicted Haiti, the ShelterBoxes do mean
a degree of hope and independence for many people, and a place from which they can
start to rebuild their lives.