Over £1,800 was raised to help communities hit by disasters at a recent barbecue held by the Girvan Rotary Club.
The barbecue held in Dr Jim Flowerdew’s garden in Turnberry coupled as a fundraising event for the Rotary’s Shelterbox appeal.
The charity helps communities in Britain as well as disaster struck communities worldwide and was started up in response to the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004.
The charity provide immediate assistance to those in need and each Shelterbox which is tailored to a specific disaster contains a relief tent for an extended family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, a children’s activity pack, and other essential items. Each box or temporary home costs about £600 and is sent immediately to a location of need. It has a number like your house and you can track it on the internet and watch its progress and its usage . This box gives a whole extended family a fresh start.
Dr Flowerdew’s wife Cecile prepared and secured donations of food and raffle prizes for the 60 to 70 guests who included 15 or so guests from Ayr Rotary Club.
The funds raised will purchase three very badly needed Shelterboxes which has exceeeded the expectations of Jim and Cecile when they took the project one.
Well done to all the fundraisers involved!