Club boosts help in disaster zones

A COMPETITION to raise funds to buy vital equipment for the victims of the natural disasters in Burma and China will be held at the Suffolk Show.The county's Rotary Clubs will be joining together to man the first Rotary Roadshow at the Suffolk Show on Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29.

A COMPETITION to raise funds to buy vital equipment for the victims of the natural disasters in Burma and China will be held at the Suffolk Show.

The county's Rotary Clubs will be joining together to man the first Rotary Roadshow at the Suffolk Show on Wednesday, May 28, and Thursday, May 29.

There will be a display of the Rotary Shelterbox, which is a green plastic box containing a ten-person tent and ancillary items all designed to help keep a family of ten alive for at least six months. They are sent out as emergency relief to world disaster areas, most recently to China and Burma, where they were one of the few items allowed in the Burmese military regime after the recent cyclone.

Chris Jeffery, president-elect of the Rotary Club of Ipswich, said: “We are planning to hold a fun-based competition on the stand to help raise funds to buy more of these live-saving boxes, which contain blankets, cooking equipment, tools, mosquito nets, water containers and so forth and hope show visitors will give generously.”


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Members of 12 Suffolk Rotary Clubs, as well as the Deben Rotaract Club, will be on the stand throughout the two days to explain what they do, answer questions and highlight the benefits of joining and working with Rotary.

Have you benefited from the charity work of the Rotary? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk.

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