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Sunday, February 14, 2010

SAN FELIPE - Rotary Club mobilize massive humanitarian aid in Haiti

Rotary club of San Felipe, Baja California helps to mobilize the massive need for humanitarian aid in Haiti

The Rotary Club of San Felipe, Baja raised $2000 to assist the victims of the 7.2 earthquake that struck Haiti on 12 January.

The funds will go toward supplying two Shelter Boxes to the disaster victims. Among the first international relief workers to reach Haiti were volunteers from ShelterBox a U.K.-based disaster response organization supported by Rotary clubs worldwide. Each ShelterBox kit contains a 10-person tent, a water purification system and other survival necessities. About 2,000 ShelterBoxes -- enough to assist 20,000 people -- are in Haiti, and another 3,000 are due within a week, coordinated by logistics teams set up in Miami, Fla., and Santo Domingo, D.R. The ShelterBox team is first targeting pregnant women and families with newborns.

From raising funds to collecting relief supplies to distributing life-saving shelters in Port-au-Prince, Rotary clubs worldwide continue to ramp up efforts to help save lives. Rotary clubs throughout the Caribbean have raised more than $1 million for immediate and long-term relief, and mobilized to send more than 55 planes carrying 50,000 pounds of medical equipment and supplies.

"Rotary had an incredible infrastructure established before the quake, which has made our relief efforts very effective," says Dick McCombe, a member of the Rotary Club of South-East Nassau, Bahamas, noting that Rotary was in good position to help in Haiti, with 33 projects already underway to provide water, sanitation, medical care, and education even before the earthquake.

The Rotary Foundation has set up a Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund to streamline the flow of contributions, primarily for U.S. club members. Fund managers will work with local Rotary clubs and relief agencies to meet the most pressing needs of communities in the affected area. Funds will be used in the relief effort, and for projects providing longer-term support and development.

Donations to the relief effort can be made by calling Bob MacDonald at 686-577-2049