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Issue 308 – Frome people show their generosity

The floods in Pakistan have touched the hearts of many.

Frome Rotarians asked what would we do if we lost our home, had to contend with filthy water surrounding our every day life and lost our livelihood. The Rotary Club of Frome organized a street collection to help these destitute people in Pakistan.
During Saturday, 21st August collectors spread throughout the town centre and Sainsbury’s supermarket and collected an impressive £3,755. The money is going towards Water Survival Boxes which is the brainchild of Chelwood Bridge Rotary Club.
Rotarian Dot Cretney, International committee chairman, who organized the collection said, “This is such a fantastic amount. The water survival boxes cost £150 each including transporting them to affected areas. We know they are getting there as 560 have already been dispatched and received by needy families. The money has not gone into a large black hole. Our aid only goes to needy families with whom there is eye contact – not some department or agency from whom you are unable to get an account of who the recipient is.”
The water boxes, including sterilization tablets, will provide clean water for a family of four for 12 months. Also included in the boxes are tools, ground sheets, sewing materials, plates, mugs, cutlery, personal hygiene items – things which we take for granted but they are in desperate need of.
All these donations show that someone somewhere cares for them. These boxes are personally delivered and instructions given in how to use them.
Dot continued, “We are extremely grateful for the donations we have received and if any person wishes to donate direct to this charity, knowing that you are providing a lifeline to another human being, please donate via www.worldwaterworks.org.”
“Thanks also goes to Mendip District Council licensing department, Westway Precinct management, Kingsway Precinct management, Sainsbury’s supermarket, all Rotarians from Frome and Frome Selwood Rotary Club, who with their wives took part in the collection. Without all these people’s support these events do not happen, but most importantly grateful thanks goes to the generous people of Frome who yet again have rallied around another disaster.”

Photo of water boxes arriving in Islamabad before being distributed.

Dot Cretney
Chairman International Committee
Rotary Club of Frome

Incl:- Photo of water boxes arriving in Islamabad before being distributed.

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Please find attached press release for your Newspaper.If you require any further information please contact me on 01373 463904 or 07768463114.
Many thanks
Dot Cretney
Rotary Club of Frome

From: dorothycretney@btinternet.com
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Date: 23 August 2010 17:16:29 BST
To: frometimes@btconnect.com
Cc: s.holliday@somersetstandard.co.uk

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