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Dorset Shoppers Donate Over £3,000 to Philippines Disaster Appeal

Rotary Dorchester Typhoon

12:05pm 13th November 2013
(Updated 4:48pm 13th November 2013)

As the first UK planes loaded with aid supplies touch down in the Philippines, Dorset has been doing it's bit to help desperate survivors of the super Typhoon.

Generous shoppers have donated over £3,000 to Dorchester's Rotary Club who've been out collecting in the town today (Wednesday 13th November).

Rotarian Peter Noble told Wessex FM the money will buy things to help families caught up in the disaster rebuild their lives.

The money will go toward 22 Water Survival Boxes or nearly 6 Shelter Boxes, enough to support a number of families for months in terms of shelter, water, cooking and more.

"The water survival box contains various bits of equipment; essentially it allows people to generate clean water. It has a pump and you pump the water through that and it cleans it, into the box that it comes in. There's also plenty of other bits too, colouring books and such for children, tools, methods of eating like a cooker so people have an opportunity to have some sort of life and water to keep going."

Peter said people in Dorset have always been toward the front of the line to help in the event of a disaster:

"I remember the Tsunami because I was there on the street and 2 people came up and gave us cheques of £5,000 each and people were taking out £50 from cash machines and just giving it to us. People are great and it's terrific to have such generous people living in this town."

The Philippine government says it is facing its biggest ever logistical challenge after Typhoon Haiyan, which has affected around 11 million people.

The official death toll stands at more than 2,200, but local officials and aid workers say it could rise much higher when the worst hit areas are reached.

The Rotary Club will out in Dorchester Town Centre collecting on Thursday (14th) and Friday (15th) this week.

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