Each family-sized Aquabox also contains over seventy items of humanitarian aid including tools, materials to create shelters or repair roofs, and essential first aid, hygiene and household items by sea to support families. These will be distributed in the worst affected areas by the Rotary Disaster Relief Team in Haiti. With each consignment costing £40,000 (for 250 Aquaboxes) and £80,000 (500 Aquaboxes) our funds are running short to cope with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.
We have been doing lots in recent weeks to publicise our emergency aid appeal. We've had an article in our local Peak Advertiser newspaper and last week we appeared on BBC East Midlands Today. The reporters came to see us at the depot and spoke to some of our packing and workshop volunteers about our appeal.
As well as news crews, we have also been delighted to welcome Rotary groups to the Aquabox depot so that they can see the work that our dedicated volunteers are doing. Many thanks to the lovely Rotary Club of Wylde Green who visited recently and kindly gave us a cheque for £250. Your support is deeply appreciated.
Mike Tomlinson, Chairman of Aquabox said: “We are really grateful to the people in the region for their overwhelming response to our appeal. We have had many donations of money, aid items for the boxes and baby and childrens’ clothes, but we urgently need more if we are to continue to provide support to affected families during this critical period.
If you can, please donate through our website or text AQBX01 to 70070. Alternatively, can you or your company, organisation or club raise funds for us? If you need support, please contact our Administrator or call our action line on 01629 825178. Help us to help Haiti. Together we can make a difference”.