Worthing rotary clubs work together for tsunami victims

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THE Rotary Clubs of Worthing joined forces to collect money to help victims of the earthquake and tsunami which hit Japan three weeks ago.

Giving up their time to help, 18 Rotarians from West Worthing, Worthing and Worthing Steyne Rotary clubs, took to South Street Square to help raise money for the relief effort.

The aim of the town centre collection was to raise enough money to be able to buy essential emergency equipment, which was to be sent directly to those who were made homeless by the devastating disaster.

Collection organiser David Chapman, a member of Worthing Steyne, said: “The money was for different kits, which we wanted to send out to Japan.

“There are three in total, including the ShelterBox and a water purification kit, so that they can have fresh drinking water.

“I was watching the news the other day and saw someone opening up one of the ShelterBoxes – it could have been one of ours, as they have already sent some out.”

ShelterBoxes were being sent to families affected by the disaster. Each box includes a relief tent big enough for a family, blankets, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, a stove, a basic tool kit, children’s activity park and colouring books, as well as other vital items. Each box costs in the region of £500.

On the day, collection teams from the three clubs gathered £410.50 in total, which has already been used to send kits to the victims in Japan.

Mr Chapman said: “All the members of the three Rotary Clubs wanted to thank the people of the town who so generously contributed to the collection.”