Queenstown Rotary digs deep for Phillipines crisis


Volunteers from Queenstown Rotary are spending today collecting to help those affected by the Philippines crisis.
They’ll be outside the New World at Frankton from 11am to 6pm, raising donations to fund ShelterBox aid packages. It’s the second day of fundraising after an 11am to 6pm stint yesterday. 

The death toll in the Philippines from Typhoon Haiyan is 10,000 and climbing – with more than 13 million displaced and affected. 

Queenstown Rotary is chipping into the international aid effort by funding four Shelterboxes which provide shelter and basic living needs for families. 

Rotary president Peter Laurenson says his club understands the urgency of the situation and has already committed the funds from its club reserves and now hope to be able to fundraise in reverse to rebuild their funds. 

Rotary has a promotional stand at its donations booth at Frankton New World so the public can see the practical nature and value of the boxes. 

“ShelterBox is a unique relief agency that can fill a very immediate need in such a simple way. To be able to give a family a box that contains shelter and basic living needs is a wonderful concept. It really does offer families in need Shelter, hope and dignity in a box.” Laurenson says. 

If you can’t get to New World today, donations can be made through ShelterBox website www.shelterbox.org.nz or by contacting any Rotary club.

Other Queenstown Philipines fundraisers include a quiz night organised by Dani Ingle and held at Lone Star last night – the restaurant and bar also donated $2.50 from every drink sold.