Arbroath Rotarians have been left gobsmacked by the public’s generosity after they were able to smash their Philippines relief fund target.
In response to the human tragedy of Typhoon Haiyan the Rotary Club of Arbroath organised a bucket collection at Morrisons supermarket and in the Abbeygate shopping centre to raise £600 and in doing so managed to realise a grand total of more than £1,800.
It was reported in the Arbroath Herald last week that the Rotary Club of Arbroath had paid for two life-saving ShelterBoxes to be despatched to the Philippines last week and the bucket collection was aimed at raising enough for a third container of survival equipment to be sent out.
Club president Ian Lamb was delighted with the public reaction. He said: “We are quite simply overwhelmed by the generosity of the Arbroath public.
“We had already financed two ShelterBoxes from club funds and dispatched the money early last week, but thought, because of the scale of the disaster, we would try to raise money for a third. “We can now certainly send money for a third and perhaps even a fourth ShelterBox, and club members will decide what other Rotary international relief charities working in the Philippines might benefit and get the money out as quickly as we can.”
Mr Lamb added: “We are extremely grateful to both Morrisons and the Abbeygate Centre for allowing us to collect at very short notice, but especially to the Arbroath public for digging so deep in their pockets to help the survivors of Typhoon Haiyan. “So many people who could probably ill afford to help had no hesitation in donating and we were genuinely humbled at the number of £5 and even £10 and £20 notes in our buckets. It was a real Arbroath community effort.”