REDDITCH Rotarians have dug deep to support the victims of Cyclone Idai which has left a trail of destruction across Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe in Africa.
Idai made landfall on March 14 with winds of over 100 mph and heavy rain.
Following downpours for several weeks this has caused severe flooding and become a humanitarian disaster with thousands of families losing their homes and loved ones and have had their livelihoods destroyed.
According to the UN this devastating cyclone may be the worst ever disaster to hit the southern hemisphere.
In response to this humanitarian disaster the Rotary Club of Redditch Kingfisher recently sent a cheque for £1,180 to the charity Shelterbox.
This Cornwall-based organisation is supported by Rotary and supplies help and support to emergency situations throughout the world.
Shelterbox is already in contact with Rotary Clubs within the countries affected to assess the damage and understand what support families need.
Members of Redditch Kingfisher Rotary Club raised money from various events and with support from a Rotary District Foundation Grant but are keen to help with local charities as well.
When the Tsunami happened in south east Asia on January 4, 2005 the club collected and raised more than £13,000 which on that occasion was used to supply more than 150 Aquaboxes providing essential clean water and emergency equipment for thousands of people.
Redditch Kingfisher Rotary Club is the ‘evening’ branch of Rotary in Redditch and meet regularly at the Southcrest Hotel in Mount Pleasant.
If any individual or organisation would like more information on the emergency help that Rotary can provide or would like to get involved contact [email protected].