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Rotary members do their bit for Haiti

Tuesday, 2nd March 2010.

Members of Rotary in Haverhill were quick to respond to the needs of displaced people following the recent devastating earthquake in Haiti.

The Rotary Club of Haverhill and District agreed to fund the supply of a ShelterBox as soon as it became clear that thousands would need tents and survival equipment.

ShelterBox is an international Rotary charity that provides robust ten-person tents plus ancillary items including basic tools and water purification equipment to disaster areas around the world.

To date, more than 8,000 ShelterBoxes have been sent to Haiti with thousands more to be supplied before the rainy season starts.

Each ShelterBox costs around 490 and every year about 500,000 people are helped by the organisation.

Haverhill Rotary president Robert Haylock said: "We are very pleased to provide a quick response to the homeless of Haiti. We were able to use a portion of the funds raised from the Charity Golf Classic event last year so thanks to all those who contributed."

To see what Haverhill Rotary is up to, check out www.haverhillrotaryuk.org.uk

* Our picture shows hundreds of ShelterBoxes arriving at Haiti's capital Port au Prince.

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