Top team effort aids Phillipines disaster

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A tent for ten people, cooking equipment and water purification kit are on their way to the Phillipines, thanks to a two-pronged effort here in Cumbernauld.

When Kildrum Primary joined forces with Cumbernauld Rotary Club, their aim was to provide relief to the thousands of families made homeless by last month’s devastating typhoon.

Pupils and staff felt they should mount a fundraising drive and raised £416 for the cause.

And with a small ‘top-up’ from Rotary here in Cumbernauld, this will enable the purchase of a shelter box with these vital materials for survival.

Rotary Club president Graham Russell, said: “The first motto of Rotary is ‘service above self’ and the efforts of the pupil absolutely reflect this ideal. Their first thought was for the plight of the families affected by this disaster and what they could do to assist.

‘‘This shelter box was the result of their hard work and we have been privileged to work with Kildrum Primary to make this possible.

“This is a great example of the international dimension of Rotary and the developing relationship between the Rotary Club of Cumbernauld and all of the schools in the town,’’ he added.

The typhoon is now thought to have claimed more than 5000 lives in this desperately poor nation.

Anyone wishing to support Rotary’s Phillipines appeal, should send cheques made payable to RIBI Donations Trust to RIBI, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, Warwickshire B49 6PB.