Aid from Aboyne to help Nepal victims

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A local club was quick to send aid following the recent earthquake in Nepal, which killed thousands and left many others injured or homeless.

The Rotary Club of Aboyne and Upper Deeside sent two fully equipped ShelterBox tents and gave a substantial donation to Medecin Sans Frontieres to aid in the international relief efforts.

Disaster struck on April 25 with around 6100 people reported dead as of April 29. It was the most powerful disaster to strike Nepal since the 1934 Nepal–Bihar earthquake.

As a non-political organisation working in all critically vulnerable areas of the world, Medecin Sans Frontieres is at the forefront of disaster relief work.

The charity has been on the Aboyne and Upper Deeside Rotary agenda for several years and the Club is proud of the financial contributions it has made to their efforts.

ShelterBox tents are widely used in disaster areas around the world. They provide accommodation for several people and the tent comes complete with a stove, cooking and eating utensils, waterproof ground mats, thermal fleece blankets, hats and gloves, water purification equipment and even activity packs for children.

A spokesperson for the Rotary Club said: “Of course, these donations would not be possible without the support of the local community in giving so generously at all Club fund-raising events.

“As well as appearing on the local Highland Games circuit with their notorious Whisky Games Stall, the area Rotary Club holds a barbeque at the Aboyne Fireworks Night, a bag-pack at the Co-op over the Christmas season and a Charity Golf Day at Aboyne in June.”

For more information call Mike Powell on 07803897424.