Uckfield Rotary Club has donated funds to enable a Shelter Box to be sent to the earthquake hit region of Italy.
The club sent £590 to the Shelter Box charity yesterday as it does each time it hears of an emergency on the basis that the Shelter Box it has previously paid for will have been sent to a disaster area and need replacing.
Charles House from the local Rotary club said the aim was to help provide some humanitarian relief and aid in the area where more than 290 have died.
A Shelter Box is a pre-packed, self-contained rigid plastic container holding one ten-person tent, ten sleeping bags and ancillary equipment including water-purifying apparatus.
The tents are designed to withstand strong winds and extreme temperatures, solar lighting to give safety and security where power is down, and water filtration to make contaminated water safe to drink.
A team from the disaster relief agency Shelter Box has been liaising with Italian Civil Protection, colleague charities, its own Milan-based affiliate, and with local Rotarians.
Team leader Phil Duloy said: “The Italian authorities have very efficiently met shelter, medical and other needs. The proximity to Rome, and the high proportion of properties here owned as holiday homes, have been factors in a generally effective response.
“But we have been discussing a possible niche role for Shelter Box, helping farmers in remote areas to continue with their livelihoods after this damaging blow. We will carry on discussing with the agricultural network Confederazione Italiana Agricoltori and its subsidiary, the young Farmers of Lazio, how we may be able to offer aid items to help the rural economy recover.”
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