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Turkey and Syria Earthquake Appeal

Updated: Feb 16, 2023

Help Pershore Rotary supply five complete new homes.


Donate online here or visit our licenced Street Collection in Pershore on Saturday 18th February.

Powerful earthquakes ravaged parts of Turkey and Syria on 6 February 2023, killing over 35,000 people to date and destroying many homes and hospitals. Families are having to sleep in the open in fear of more aftershocks. To make matters worse, temperatures fall below freezing at this time of year, putting lives at risk. Syria is already at breaking point after years of civil war and families are facing impossible living conditions, freezing temperatures and diseases like cholera.


ShelterBox’s emergency response teams in Turkey are developing partnerships with local Rotary clubs to establish how best to help and support the communities affected. It’s expected that thermal blankets, tents and solar lights will be needed.


ShelterBox has responded to previous earthquakes in Turkey and has an ongoing programme of work supporting people displaced by conflict in Syria.


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Last year the people of Pershore donated over £5,000 to the Ukraine Appeal, and this year we hope that generosity will help us raise money to send ShelterBoxes for emergency relief to the homeless. Over 35,000 have died and 17m have been affected according to DEC and those numbers are rising daily. Up to 5.3m are without safe shelter according to latest reports quoting UN High Commissioner for Refugees.


We have already sent £1,200 to provide two ShelterBoxes. When disaster strikes, families need shelter to feel safe again. When they can’t start rebuilding their homes immediately, durable tents can make them feel safe and protected.

Pershore Rotary are hoping to raise at least £3,000 from this appeal and that will provide a further three ShelterBoxes - a total of five.

Depending on the weather and the place, the shelter needs of families differ. That’s why ShelterBox is committed to providing families with the best possible solutions that suit their needs.

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From padded tents that can safely accommodate a stove, to medium-sized tents that fit in small spaces and ones that can last years if needed, families can feel at home again.

For some disaster-hit communities, ShelterBox family-sized tents are the best solution until they are able to start rebuilding their homes. In other disasters, heavy duty tarpaulins, ropes and nails are needed to create emergency shelter or to patch-up damaged buildings.

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We know that a home is much more than bricks and mortar or tarpaulin and tent pegs. That’s why ShelterBox also provides other disaster relief items that are essential for survival and can help to turn a shelter into a home.


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