Thursday, 16th September, 2010
The South Rotary Club is lending a hand to the victims of the Pakistan floods by donating much needed supplies.
The local club has donated a shelter box, which contains a ten-man tent, cooking utensils, a water purifier and colouring books - worth $1000.
The club has donated half the cost of the aid kit, with the other half funded by president-elect Margaret Lesjak.
Ms Lesjak has strong ties to Pakistan and said she felt the boxes would help out some displaced people.
Ms Lesjak travelled to Pakistan and worked as a volunteer for two years doing laboratory testing in a hospital.
"It was a place I came to know," she said.
She said as the country works to re-build houses, businesses, electricity and water supplies; every little bit counts.
"You have to start somewhere," she said.
Ms Lesjak said with the lack of supplies available, necessities such as bread and water will increase in price.
"That will make it much harder for everybody."
The recent floods have caused about 14.5 million people to be displaced from their homes.
Rotary international has instigated a relief effort to provide as many shelter boxes as possible to the stricken area.
As a result Rotary Australia has been asking for donations to fund the cost of shelter boxes.
Donations for shelter boxes can be sent in cheque form to Shelter Box Australia, Po Box 2076, Wahroonga NSW.