Beirut Disaster Appeal







UK TARGET $140,000 - We've raised approx $80k so far, $60k 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  

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                      Surbiton, Surrey

RC Battersea, Brixton & Clapham         Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire            Taunton, Somerset

RC Blandford, Dorset                              Ilfracombe, Devon                                     The Deepings, Lincolnshire

RC Braunton, Devon                                Ilminster, Somerset                                  Titsey & District, Surrey

RC Bridgend, Wales                                 Leytonstone & Woodford, London         Torrington, Devon 

RC Bridport, Dorset                                 London, London                                         Tower Hamlets, London

RC Brit Valley, Dorset                              Lyme Regis, Dorset                                     Turton, Greater Manchester  

RC Chelwood Bridge, Somerset            Morden, Surrey                                           Twickenham, Surrey

RC Chesham, Buckinghamshire            Newark, Nottinghamshire                         Twickenham Upon Thames, Surrey

RC Cober Valley Helston, Somerset      Northallerton, North Yorkshire                Wallington, Surrey 

RC Croydon Jubilee, Surrey                   North Fylde & Inner Wheel, Lancashire  Westminster International, London  

RC Croydon Whitgift, Surrey                  Norwich Blackfriars, Norfolk                      Willaston & South Wirral, Cheshire

RC Dalbeattie, Scotland                          Norwich St Edmund, Norfolk                     Woking District, Berkshire

RC Downham Market, Norfolk              Oxford, Oxfordshire                                    Woodbridge, Suffolk        

RC E-Aviation, Scotland                          Oxted & Limpsfield, Surrey                         Worthing, Surrey

RC Exe Valley, Devon                              Pontllanfraith, Wales                                   Wroxham Bure Valley, Norfolk

RC Frome, Somerset                               Purley, London

RC Hamble Valley, Hampshire              Redhill Redstone, Surrey                             D1070 - DDF

RC Hampstead, London                         Slough, Berkshire                                         D1130 - DDF

RC Harrogate Brigantes, N Yorkshire   Southgate, London                                      D1200 - DDF    

RC Harrow, London                                 Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire                     

RC Hatfield, Hertfordshire                     Sudbury, Suffolk                                                                                         


Plus a further 11 clubs in District 1130 have contributed to the appeal and Bangor Gwynedd Inner Wheel Club

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)

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