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Kids’ learn about disaster survival kits

PUBLISHED: 14:52 12 November 2008 | UPDATED: 10:15 23 August 2010

SCHOOLCHILDREN have been given an insight into the making of special equipment used to aid victims of disaster across the globe. Members of the Rotary Club of Gravesend visited Singlewell Primary School, Mackenzie Way, Gravesend, on Monday to demonstrate

SCHOOLCHILDREN have been given an insight into the making of special equipment used to aid victims of disaster across the globe.

Members of the Rotary Club of Gravesend visited Singlewell Primary School, Mackenzie Way, Gravesend, on Monday to demonstrate how 'Shelterboxes' can help rebuild shattered lives.

Shelterboxes are special aid packages sent around the world following earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters by UK charity the Shelterbox Trust.

They contain tents and essential equipment to enable a family to live through difficult times. Each box, including postage, costs £490.

Gravsend Rotarian Bob Denby said: "It went down very well indeed with the children. We described the content of the boxes to the children and they had a close look at everything. They were even able to come up with some very constructive comments."

The ShelterBox concept was thought up and developed by Rotarian and ex-Royal Navy search-and-rescue diver Tom Henderson.

Since operations began in January 2001 the charity has helped over 600,000 people in more than 45 countries including Sri Lanka following the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004. Many Rotary clubs in the UK support the ShelterBox Trust.

Head teacher Michelle Brown said: "The pupils were given the opportunity to see all the equipment that goes into the Shelterboxes and to ask questions and offer suggestions.

"They will use a future school council meeting to consider how they might contribute towards this excellent project."

Rotarians will now go on to demonstrate the Shelterboxes at St Joseph's Convent Preparatory School, Old Road East, Gravesend.

Gravesend Rotarian President Tom Munns added: "This project represents the Rotarians' concern with worldwide issues. We have served the local community for over 80 years but have always helped wherever our expertise could be put to play."

jason.goodyer@archant.co.uk

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