While the Portage la Prairie Rotary Club puts tons of time and money into the community, they're no strangers to helping those beyond city limits.
The club welcomed Ally Buck, Rotary and Community Fundraising Coordinator of ShelterBox Canada, to their meeting on October 3rd to give a presentation about the organization. They provide emergency shelter to support those impacted by disasters.
Rotary member Dave Roberts says Rotary Clubs around the world all contribute to ShelterBox.
"Any service organization focuses on their own community because it's easy for them to see the results," explains Roberts. "People drive by the duck pond every day, they go by the ball diamonds, or anything that's got the Rotary name on it. It's a little more difficult to see the results when it's going to a country that just had a disaster."
Roberts adds that this doesn't deter the club from donating, however, as they've partnered with ShelterBox for years. The organization is currently responding to a 6.8 magnitude earthquake that struck Morocco on September 8th.
"ShelterBox provides you with some things to get started," says Roberts. "They'll give you a tent, shovels, cooking utensils, and things like that."
To learn more about ShelterBox Canada, click here.
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