Young folk helping Haiti through Rotaract Blue

The
Young Cayman Community Awareness Society has given Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands
US$1,000 to be used to donate to ShelterBox for victims of the Haitian
earthquake.

ShelterBox
is a global Rotary Club project which responds instantly to natural and manmade
disasters by delivering boxes of aid to those who are most in need. Each box
supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and essential
equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless.

 “ShelterBox is a truly outstanding organisation,”
said Ms Smellie. “The ‘green box’ that they have created provides more than
just shelter for up to 10 people; it also provides security and dignity to
those whose lives have been completely disrupted by disasters and events beyond
their control.”

While
YCCAS was established in 2007 to brighten the lives of children in the Watler’s
Road area of Grand Cayman with the establishment of the Watler’s Road Children’s
Park, President Davies said the ShelterBox initiative expressed compassion to
people in other parts of the Caribbean and fit with the YCCAS theme of helping
our communities.

“We
are very happy that the YCCAS came to us with this donation,” said Ms Smellie. “Thanks
to their generosity and that of other organisations in the Cayman Islands, we
were able to raise $2,000 towards our ShelterBox project. We hope to continue
this initiative and welcome the community and organisations to contact us if
they are interested in being involved.”

Anyone
interested in learning more about ShelterBox may contact Rotaract Blue Cayman
Islands at [email protected] or see www.shelterboxusa.org

On
hand to present the cheque were Leigh Smellie, International Service director
of Rotaract Blue Cayman Islands and Emily Davies, Laura Knox, Tracey Walker
Lees, Kim Gardiner and Melanie Harbron of YCCAS.

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YCCAS President Emily Davies presents a cheque to Rotaract Blue International Service Director Leigh Smellie. Also in the photo are YCCAS members Laura Knox, Tracey Walker Lees, Kim Gardiner and Melanie Harbron.
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