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Islanders raise cash for Haiti

Terry, third from right, and Seashells staff put up the family tent from a ShelterBox
Terry, third from right, and Seashells staff put up the family tent from a ShelterBox

A charity worker has launched a campaign on the Island to support those whose lives have been devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.

Terry Rea volunteers with ShelterBox, a Cornwall-based charity which provides aid for people all over the world who have been struck by a disaster.

The aid is delivered in a box which contains essential items including a 10-person tent, blankets, a basic tool-kit, a children’s pack and water purification kit. Each box costs about £490.

Terry, who lives in Rose Street, Sheerness, said three teams from ShelterBox are helping to deliver aid to those most in need in the capital of Haiti, Port-au-Prince.

He said some of the volunteers are in Miami helping to get the 4,000 ShelterBoxes through and others are in Port-au-Prince.

Twenty ShelterBox tents are being used as a hospital in Port-au-Prince,

Haiti - where the earthquake has struck
Haiti - where the earthquake has struck

An estimated 200,000 people have died since the disaster struck on Tuesday, January 12.

Although Terry is not in Haiti with his colleagues, he is doing his bit here to raise awareness of and money for the charity.

Last week he was at Seashells Children and Families’ Centre in Sheerness to give a demonstration about the work they do and show what is in the box.

Terry, 37, said: “I’m not out there but I would like to help out this end and raise awareness and much needed funds.”

For anyone who wishes to donate to the cause, there is a ShelterBox collection tin at reception in Seashells and funds will be going directly to the Haiti cause.

The tent grows in the Seashells lobby
The tent grows in the Seashells lobby

There are also Haiti collection boxes in the Oxfam shop in High Street, Sheerness, and the Red Cross shop in Broadway, Sheerness, and Terry will be in Tesco Sheerness collecting all day on Wednesday.

  • Terry is keen to visit Sheppey schools to demonstrate for ShelterBox. If your school would like a demonstration, please call Terry on 01795 669503.

  • The Caribbean state of Haiti is the poorest in the western hemisphere
  • uE06E The January 12 quake measured seven on the Richter Scale and was the biggest seismic event there in 240 years
  • An estimated 150,000 people died in Port-au-Prince, with fears the national toll will be more than 300,000
  • Firefighters from Kent have returned home after working to free people trapped under rubble
  • As of Tuesday, Britons had donated £46m to towards helping the country
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