THE Rotary Club in Lyme Regis has, through street collections and donations to its charity account, raised almost £5,000 for Ukraine.
Rotary Clubs in the local district, which stretches from Portland to Burnham on Sea, have come together to support Ukrainians. This support has taken the form of taking in refugees, collecting medical equipment and other items, and sending them to Ukraine and collecting funds from members of our community.
A further £40,000 has recently been sent to Rotary in the area surrounding Ukraine as well as to the Rotary-led charity Water Survival Box, which provides water filtration pumps and essential survival items to those in disaster areas. This is in addition to £30,000 sent previously.
Money has been distributed as follows: Poland – £10,000, Republic of Moldova and Romania – £10,000, Hungary – £10,000, Rotary Lviv International – £5,000, Water Survival Box – £5,000.
Messages of thanks have been received from all these Rotary clubs and also the Rotary International Club (Young Rotarians ) of Lviv in Ukraine.
A committee has been established to distribute additional funds in aid of Ukrainian refugees arriving in the district. For this purpose, funds of $25,000 US Dollars have been applied for and granted from the Rotary Foundation (Rotaries International Charity fund based in the United States), which will be added to funds from the district’s reserves.
Further funds of £30,000 are also in the process of being allocated, depending on need.
Several individual clubs in the district, including Lyme Regis, have also sent money directly to the British Red Cross and other charities helping with the Ukrainian crisis.
Local clubs have also been offering practical help by taking in Ukrainian families, sending a lorry with medical and other supplies, coordinating on a national basis with International Rotary Fellowship of Healthcare Professionals.
Working with Rotary Clubs in the region and within Ukraine ensures help goes directly where it is needed .
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For more information email the branch secretary on email@example.com, visit www.lymeregisrotary.org or contact any local Rotarian.