Both the Rotary Club of Jersey and Rotary de la Manche are asking Islanders to support the Aquabox and Shelterbox initiatives run through Rotary International of Great Britain and Ireland.The Aquabox – which costs £250 – provides instantly clean drinking water, while the Shelterbox offers cover and shelter for ten people.The Aquabox is filled with a selection of warm clothing, useful hardware and hygiene items and also contains a filter cartridge with a matching supply of water-treatment tablets.Once the welfare contents have been removed, a large Aquabox can be used to purify up to 30,000 litres of polluted water, making it safe and pleasant to drink.Each ShelterBox will provide up to ten people with shelter and warmth for an extended period.
Each box contains a high-quality ten-person tunnel tent, ten sleeping bags and some ancillary equipment, including a spade, torch and ropes.The cost of a complete Shelterbox is about £460.
Rotary Club of Jersey president Richard Muddimer said that although £460 might seem expensive, if the contents were used for only six months, that equated to shelter and warmth for 27p per person per day.
He said Rotary aid started being sent to help the Bam earthquake victims within a few days of the disaster happening.
So far over 300 Aquaboxes have been sent to Bam.The local Rotary clubs have have launched the appeal in the Island in response to inquiries from people who wanted to know how they could help the earthquake victims.More can found out about the Aquabox on the website www.aquabox.org and similarly more information about shelterboxes can be found at www.shelterbox.org.The co-ordinator of the local Rotary appeal is Adrian Rabet.
Anyone who wants to donate by cheque should make it out to either Rotary Club of Jersey or Rotary Club de la Manche and send it to Mr Rabet at 2 Old Farm Close, Route de Mont Mado, St John, JE2 4DS.