Dorset Donates To Typhoon Victims
8:24am 15th November 2013
(Updated 11:58am 15th November 2013)
Thousands of pounds worth of aid is being sent to the typhoon hit Philippines with donations made in Dorset.
David Cameron praised the generosity of the British people as the total donated to help those affected reached 23 million pounds.
All 3 of our local Rotary Clubs have joined the international relief effort including a number of local businesses.
Weymouth Rotarian John Kelly is with his team receiving donations at Morrison’s today (Friday 15th November) and they'll be there again tomorrow (10am-4pm) and in Weymouth Town Centre near HSBC:
"Anything that we can do that will help these people, we just have to do. It's desperate isn't it, it's just desperate we must help these people."
David Weston from Bridport Rotary Club says they're sending out Shelterboxes to help some of the 11 million people affected:
"It's devastating when you see so many people with absolutely nothing; it really makes you appreciate what we have here. We're sending out Shelterboxes that have a ten man tent, ten sleeping bags, a cooker and cooking equipment and lots of other bits. We just have to help."
Dorchester's Rotary Club has been collecting too and yesterday afternoon announced they'd received £6,500 - the equivalent of 13 Shelter boxes, or 44 Water Survival Boxes - after 2 days of fundraising in the towns high-street.
A number of local businesses have been doing their bit too. Owner of Alf's Fish and Chips in Weymouth John has a collection tin going on the front counter:
"We're putting a percentage of our takings into the pot this weekend. It's so sad seeing all the children and families with no food out there. Some of them work very hard and have been left with nothing in the world, the least we could do is make an effort."
To find out how you can donate and more about Dorset's appeal to help the Philippines, click here.