Exmouth people help with Haiti earthquake appeal

THERE are not many people who haven t been concerned by the tragic events that have unfolded in Haiti – and Exmouth has proved to be no exception. Scores of kind-hearted people, many from charities in the town, have helped organise events and raise money

THERE are not many people who haven't been concerned by the tragic events that have unfolded in Haiti - and Exmouth has proved to be no exception.

Scores of kind-hearted people, many from charities in the town, have helped organise events and raise money for the earthquake appeal to help survivors of the disaster.

Oxfam, which has branches in both Exmouth and Budleigh Salterton, is just one of the organisations which has got involved with the appeal.

Rachel May, manager of both shops, said they had so far raised more than �1300.

"It has been an amazing response, but as the situation worsens in Haiti more donations will be needed to continue the relief work," she said.

"Just �10 will buy a hygiene kit for a family, �25 will buy ten 14-litre buckets and �50 will provide two latrines which could serve 40 people.

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"Your donation helps us to deliver the chance of survival to millions who have lost family members, their homes and livelihood.

"There's so much work to be done, but we rely on the generosity of the public to fund the relief effort."

It is estimated the number of people killed in the earthquake, Haiti's worst in two centuries, which struck on Tuesday, January 12, ranges from 50,000 to 200,000.

Exmouth's Christian Aid has organised a benefit concert to be held in the Pavilion tomorrow, January 22, at 8pm, to raise money.

The funds will buy lifesaving survival packs and pay for the sustainable rebuilding of the country.

Martin John Nicholls, of Christian Aid Exmouth, said: "This is more than just a concert. It is an opportunity for people of the town to show its generous spirit and to give as generously as possible."

The Exmouth Rotary Club is inviting members of the public to support collections in aid of Shelterbox and the Haiti disaster.

Shelter boxes will contain a strong 10-man tent, blankets, cookware, tools, water purification, a stove, children's kit and a number of other items for families rendered homeless.

Each box costs �490 which covers the price for its contents and delivery to any part of the world. The collections will take place this Saturday, January 23, from 10am to 5pm outside Somerfields in Exmouth.

Anyone who wishes to make a donation to Shelterbox, can visit the following website address at: www.shelterbox.org or by calling the donation hotline on 0300 0300 500.

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