Kind-hearted Exmouth people continue with Haiti earthquake appeal
GENEROUS Exmouth people continue to raise money to help the survivors of the Haiti earthquake. More than �4000 was collected as a result of a benefit concert, organised by Christian Aid, held in the Exmouth Pavilion last Friday, January 22. And, scores of
GENEROUS Exmouth people continue to raise money to help the survivors of the Haiti earthquake.
More than �4000 was collected as a result of a benefit concert, organised by Christian Aid, held in the Exmouth Pavilion last Friday, January 22.
And, scores of other charities including the Rotary Club, businesses and schools across the town, carry on in their endeavours to do as much as they can to help with the Haiti earthquake appeal.
Martin John Nicholls, of Christian Aid Exmouth, said last week's concert was an amazing success. "There was a packed audience, filled with people of all ages," he said.
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"I would have been happy to have raised around �2000, so to reach double that amount was just tremendous.
"There was an auction and raffle taking place - and people were still giving generously as they left the building at the end of the night."
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Martin said there would be a similar concert this summer for the appeal, to take place throughout a whole day. He added: "The money raised will go a long way to help the people in Haiti.
"It is not just a case of providing short-term aid but long term also, as there is a lot of rebuilding work which needs to be done out there. Their need for help is greater than ever."
Approximately �600 was raised by children at Withycombe Raleigh Primary School after pupils took part in a fancy dress day last week.
Dawn Witkiss, 53, of Seymour Road, has arranged a raffle and collection at Exmouth Health Centre in the hope enough money is raised to buy one or more shelter boxes.
She said staff from the centre, and Paul Ashby Crane Jewellers, had donated prizes for the raffle and collection.
"It is awful what has happened out there. It is an issue which has touched just about everyone.
"If everyone in the country did something then it should go a long way to sorting the place out."
Dawn would like other business to help by providing raffle prizes. For more information, she can be contacted by calling 01395 267088. The draw takes place on Friday, February 5, at the health centre.
The Exmouth Rotary Club held collections in aid of the Haiti disaster outside Somerfields last Saturday, January 23.