Beirut Disaster Appeal
4th AUGUST EXPLOSION IN BEIRUT - DISASTER RELIEF FUNDRAISING
UK TARGET $140,000 - We've raised approx $50k so far, $90k still to go.
On 4 August 2020, a large amount of ammonium nitrate stored at the port of the city of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, exploded, causing at least 200 deaths, 3 reported missing, 6,500 injuries, US$10–15 billion in property damage, and leaving an estimated 300,000 people have been left homeless. 50,000 houses, nine major hospitals and 178 schools have been damaged.
Rotary International is a humanitarian organisation with over 1.2 million members who are volunteers in in an extensive and trusted network of Rotary Clubs, working tirelessly to make the world a better place.
Putney Rotary Club is co-ordinating a Beirut Disaster Relief campaign in the UK, with the Lead Host Club Rotary Club of Beirut Cosmopolitan in Lebanon. Clubs all across Rotary Great Britain and Ireland are pulling together to raise funds, as well as many individuals who are helping the people of Beirut. Please join us!
RC Beirut Cosmopolitan is focusing on sustainable long-term priorities in the poorest areas:
1. Repair & supply of equipment for Karantina Hospital paediatric and neonatal operating theatre and paediatric wing (2 Rotary Clubs).
2. Window & door repairs for those who cannot afford it in Karantina area (4 Rotary Clubs) $3000 can repair up to 50 homes.
3. Psychological and Trauma support for children, in collaboration with NGO's
4. Collect Recyclable Materials (glass, aluminium, wood and other metals) with Rotaract and Interact Clubs
100% of funds raised on Donorbox (only with card payment processing fees removed) will be given directly to Rotary Clubs in Beirut. They are working closely with local NGO's, the hospitals and relief organisations to make sure the people who are most affected by the blast, get helped.
The clean-up is ongoing and the rebuilding of Beirut's infrastructure, hospitals, schools, shops and homes will take some time. If we all pull together, we can help the people of Beirut rise again.
Rotarians are volunteers, so 100% of funds go directly to the projects we are working on.
We thank all the individuals who have donated to the project thus far.
Putney Rotary Club, based in SW London, UK, is a diverse and enthusiastic group of volunteers. We uplift our community by working on local projects and partner with Rotary Clubs across the world on global international projects. Find us at www.putneyrotary.org.uk.
Putney Rotary are accepting bank transfers directly into our charity account,
and will transfer lump sums over to Beirut.
Rotary Club of Putney Charity Account - Sort Code: 60-17-11 | Account Number: 90224787
Charity No: 1052656 - Registered in England and Wales
We are very grateful to the growing list of Rotary Clubs in the UK that have already donated or pledged funds to the Beirut Disaster Relief project so far (List A-Z)
RC Ashford, Kent Hedge End, Southampton Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
RC Battersea, Brixton & Clapham Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire Sudbury, Suffolk
RC Blandford, Dorset Ilfracombe, Devon Surbiton, Surrey
RC Bridgend, Wales Ilminster, Somerset Taunton, Somerset
RC Bridport, Dorset Leytonstone & Woodford, London The Deepings, Lincolnshire
RC Brit Valley, Dorset London, London Titsey & District, Surrey
RC Chelwood Bridge, Somerset Lyme Regis, Dorset Tower Hamlets, London
RC Croydon Jubilee, Surrey Morden, Surrey Turton, Greater Manchester
RC Croydon Whitgift, Surrey Newark, Nottinghamshire Twickenham, Surrey
RC Dalbeattie, Scotland Northallerton, North Yorkshire Twickenham Upon Thames, Surrey
RC Downham Market, Norfolk North Fylde & Inner Wheel, Lancashire Wallington, Surrey
RC E-Aviation, Scotland Norwich Blackfrairs, Norfolk Westminster International, London
RC Exe Valley, Devon Norwich St Edmund, Norfolk Willaston & South Wirral, Cheshire
RC Hamble Valley, Hampshire Oxted & Limpsfield, Surrey Woking District, Berkshire
RC Hampstead, London Pontllanfraith, Wales Woodbridge, Suffolk
RC Harrogate Brigantes, Purley, London Worthing, Surrey
RC Harrow, London Redhill Redstone, Surrey
RC Hatfield, Hertfordshire Slough, Berkshire
Plus a further 11 clubs in District 1130 have contributed to the appeal,
as well as a mystery Inner Wheel Club! (Please get in touch so we can thank you!)
Please see the following articles for more information:
+ Beirut: Why has there been crisis after crisis in Lebanon? (BBC)
+ Beirut’s blast and Lebanon’s deeper crisis (Washington Post)
+ Beirut families search for loved ones feared trapped under rubble (Guardian)
Rotary is one of the world’s leading humanitarian service organisations. If you'd like to know more about Rotary's causes, please see https://www.rotary.org/en/our-causes
- Peace and conflict prevention/resolution
- Disease prevention and treatment
- Provide clean water, sanitation and hygiene
- Saving Mothers and Children
- Supporting Education
- Growing local economies
- Supporting the environment