Christmas will be brighter with shoebox donations

TEAMWORK From left: Ben Power, Bob Mussellwhite, Michelle Ford and Tony Cove
TEAMWORK From left: Ben Power, Bob Mussellwhite, Michelle Ford and Tony Cove

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SHOEBOXES full of gifts will be shipped to needy children in the Philippines thanks to a Rotary Club appeal.

The Rotary Club of Fareham has received more than 40 shoeboxes from their business partners at specialist Fareham acoustics company Dancor, all packed with toys, toiletries, and fun educational items.

Rotary club president Bob Mussellwhite said he was delighted at the firm’s donations, and praised the teamwork that made it happen.

Mr Mussellwhite said Rotary club members had also donated 29 shoeboxes to the appeal.

He said: ‘We are certainly going to be bringing happiness to many children in the Philippines who may not otherwise have received any Christmas gifts.

‘We will have made a small contribution to their lives – just why we joined Rotary: to make a difference.

‘It also lets them know that the people of Fareham care about their plight in their world of poverty.’

Mr Mussellwhite visited Dancor’s premises in Segensworth to collect the shoeboxes.

He said the gifts would cheer up children who had to cope with a lot of difficulties in their lives.

He said: ‘The Philippines have on average 20 typhoons a year and Typhoon Koppu recently was followed by devastating floods.

‘We hope our shoeboxes of gifts, which will reach them by Christmas, will help in a small way to brighten the lives of 69 children there.’

Anyone can get involved and donate to a Rotary shoebox scheme.

More than a million boxes have been distributed to disadvantaged children across the world since the scheme began.

Children have also benefited from the scheme in countries including Montenegro, Tanzania, Albania and Moldova.

No leaflets of any kind are allowed to be added to boxes but toys, clothes, stationery and sanitary items are welcome.

For more information visit rotaryshoebox.org or, for Distirct 1110, which covers Hampshire, see rotary-ribi.org.