Adcote School Responds To Earthquake Disaster In Nepal

Adcote School’s Rotary Interact group today presented a cheque for £590 to provide a ‘ShelterBox’ which will be sent to those hit by last week’s disastrous earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity and a global Rotary club project. The charity responds instantly to disasters providing shelter, warmth and dignity anywhere in the world. A ShelterBox supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

Rotary Interact President, Olga Unigovska comments ‘Adcote pupils have organised three activities to raise money for this worthy cause, whilst thinking of those homeless and in desperate need in Nepal. We have had a whole School non-uniform day, a cake sale and created a ‘Chinese Take-Away’ stall where students in Year 10 made and sold Chinese food. These efforts have raised enough money for us to buy a ShelterBox via the Rotary Club to send over to Nepal.’

Each ShelterBox varies depending on where it is going, but a generic pack contains:

Tent, blankets and groundsheets, durable plastic box, mosquito net, stove, water containers and purification, cooking equipment, tool kit and children’s activity pack. Often Schools will have been destroyed along with homes and other buildings. ShelterBox will, therefore, sometimes include ‘School Boxes’ in their consignments along with those described above. These contain essential supplies for teachers, including blackboard pain and chalk, along with school equipment for 50 children.

ShelterBox aims to get its boxes and a response team to the scene of a disaster, anywhere in the world, within 2 – 3 days. Each box is individually numbered and Adcote pupils will be advised of the identification number so that they can track the box to its destination, via the ShelterBox website.

Adcote Headmaster, Gary Wright, commented ‘As a British School with an international contingent of girls and a charity ourselves, we are very keen to show support for global efforts in disaster relief. I am very proud that Adcote girls have organised these fund raising events and that we are able to send such a vital piece of equipment to those in need in Nepal’.

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