Ayr Rotary Club giving the gift of water this Christmas.

By Ludovica Muttini

 

AQUABOX is a water purification pump that turns dirty water into potable water through the use of filtrations units. Aquabox has sent humanitarian assistance to crises zones around the world. It provided 180 water-purification units to the British Virgin Islands during Hurricane Irma, and supplied 500 boxes to Bangladesh to help the Rohingya refugee crisis.  Lately, after the hurricane Matthew in Haiti, Aquabox sent water fillers able to remove cholera and the vast majority of other water-borne bacteria and viruses from 30 million liters of polluted water.

Craig Alexander, a member of the Ayr Rotary Club explained:

“Aquabox is a charity that was started by Rotary members down in England. We looked at what they do and we were very impressed and we found it worthwhile”.

“We don’t decide where the Aquabox goes, the charity makes that choice depending on where it is needed the most”.

One box costs £125 and all the money raised through the Rotary Christmas cards charity will go towards this organization. Mr. Alexander added: ” “Last year we raised £600 with the cards, we are looking forward to targeting the same amount, but hopefully we will do better this Christmas.”

Mike Tomlinson, Chairman of the Aquabox Trustees said: “We are really grateful to the people in the region for their overwhelming response to our appeal. We have many donations of money, aid items for the boxes and baby and children’s clothes.”

The Christmas cards created by the Rotary Club all come with their own unique design. The pictures on the cards are taken by the members, and often include Ayr and its surrounding areas.

Mr. Alexander is already looking ahead to next year’s Christmas cards. He said:

“I have already contacted the Ayr photographic club and they are going to run a competition for next year’s pictures.”

A pack of 10 Christmas cards including envelopes can be bought for £4. This is a fantastic opportunity to support a local club in its charitable activities.

If interested, please contact Craig Alexander at hillside5@btinternet.com or phone on 07729033354.

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