Nights under canvas help to raise awareness of charity


A HUMANITARIAN aid exhibition, which was held in Tower Gardens last week, has been deemed as being ‘a resounding success’ despite having to cut one of its sponsored sleep out nights.

As reported, members of the public had the chance to see how charity aid can be essential to those who have lost everything through disaster.

The Shelterbox exhibition which was set up by the Rotary Club of Skegness and held daily from Monday through to last Friday, June 11.

A number of local people also took part in sleep out nights but the final night on Friday had to be cancelled due to factors beyond the organisers’ control.

Many pupils from the local schools also had the chance to visit the site and see the disaster and aid boxes first hand.

David Ward, Headmaster for Skegness Grammar School, who took part, said: “It was fantastic, it was brilliant. It really brings home what is essential in life.

“The hospitality of the Rotary was great they really looked after me as I haven’t been camping in years.

“It was an experience and it was really interesting to find out about the equipment and the fundraising.

“The work they have been doing with schools was superb. We will certainly be helping the rotary in the future.”

During the event, the children had the chance to work with the water filters and explore the shelter tent and malaria nets.

Margaret Taylor, President of the Skegness Rotary Club, said: “The Rotary Club of Skegness are grateful to all the headteachers for their support.

“It was with regret that the exhibition and fundraising activities had to be curtailed early on Friday as the Mayor Coun, Steve Kirk had planned to sleep in the tent on Friday evening.

“Members of the Rotary Club of Skegness wish to thank the district international team for their support and the many Rotarians who have visited and supported the project during the week.”

President Margaret Taylor and Rotarian Robin Wilkinson who organised the activities at the site applauded the resounding success of the initiative and wish to praise the local schools for their enthusiasm, support and the excellent behaviour of their pupils.

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