About Disaster Aid UK & Ireland

About Disaster Aid UK & Ireland

This page provides further details about Disaster Aid UK & Ireland in terms of its:

Contact Details
Mission under Rotary


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Contact Details

General Contact:
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland
PO Box 209
M34 0BP
Tel: 0161 336 9528
Email: admin@disasteraiduk.org
Relating to the Disaster Aid

Reponse Teams (DART:

Disaster Aid UK & Ireland
PO Box 209
M34 0BP
Tel: 0161 336 9528
Email: dartliaison@disasteraiduk.org
Chairman: Robert Strachan
Tel: 0161 928 4736
Mobile: 07962 106744
Email: chairman@disasteraiduk.org



Disaster Aid UK & Ireland is a partner  member of the Disaster Aid International Group.  Because of its earlier history, Disaster Aid UK & Ireland and LifeBox are trading names of Rotary Emergency Box Trust, charitable company number 5003026, charity commission registration number 1103165.

Board meetings of the trustees are held at least once every 2 months under the responsibility of the Chairman or the Deputy Chairman:

Chairman: Robert Strachan







Deputy Chairman: Pam Joyce






and the seven other Trustees:

Mike Davies
John Forster
Colin Ince
Derek Newman
Diane Penny
Craig Roberts
Mike Yates

Supported by:

Company Secretary: Tracey  Booth

Administrator: Jill Bates

In addition to our non-Rotarian members and supporters who come from many different disciplines, individual Rotarians from the following clubs are also members of Disaster Aid UK & Ireland:

Rotary Club of Denton & Audenshaw
Rotary Club of Dublin Viking
Rotary Club of Eccleshall Mercia
Rotary Club of Golborne Lightshaw
Rotary Club of Gourock
Rotary Club of Nantwich
Rotary Club of New Mills Marple & District
Rotary Club of Newton le Willows
Rotary Club of Northwich
Rotary Club of Poynton & District
Rotary Club of St Helens
Rotary Club of Wolverhampton St. Georges

All members are welcome to meet the Trustees in bi-monthly General Meetings to discuss fund-raising, promotion and general development issues.

General Meetings nomaly take place on the 3rd Thursdays of February, April, June *, August, and October. The Trustees also meet privately every 3rd Thursday (with the exception of December)  with meetings taking place after the General Meeting on dates when the two meetings coincide.

A SGM is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of February when members will be asked to approve the accounts of the previous year, and the AGM is scheduled for the 3rd Thursday of April when all members will vote to elect Trustees for the coming year and conduct other annual business.

Unless advised to the contrary, all General and Trustees’ meetings take place at Royal London, Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1PF at 7.00 pm.

* To accommodate those who may be attending the 2017 RI Convention in Atlanta, the June 2017 General Meeting will be held on the 5th Thursday (not the 3rd Thursday).



Disaster Aid UK and Ireland has its origins in the Rotary Emergency Box.  The idea of a Rotary Emergency Box was conceived in the then Rotary District 105 (now 1050) by the late Arthur Bowker.  Arthur was a founder member of the Rotary Club of Manchester South,  a past president of the Dukinfield and Stalybridge club, a member at that time of the Ashton-under Lyne club and a member of the District International Committee.

Arthur recognised that there were people affected by all kinds of natural disasters around the world who had lost everything they owned.  Provision of a few very basic things quickly would help these people survive.   He also knew that Rotary was a huge force for good with a global reach.  The concept of a Rotary box with contents for survival was born.  The concept was taken to Rotary District Assembly in 1971 and adopted by Rotary International of Great Britain & Ireland in 1974.

From 1975 to 2002, more than 30,000 Emergency Boxes were shipped around the world.

In 2002,  the decision was taken to change the contents from a selection of new or second-hand items to a standard set of new items.   This was because the inconsistency in the contents of the box often caused problems at customs and did not always meet the requirements of the recipients. This meant that instead of clubs packing the boxes, we packed them ourselves and the costs of the contents and shipping the filled boxes were met by donations.  To emphasis this major change, the name of the box was changed to “LifeBox” although this name is still owned today by the Rotary Emergency Box Trust.

In 2010  we were asked to join fellow Rotarians in Disaster Aid USA and Disaster Aid Australia as founding members of Disaster Aid International. The pooling of our respective resources and expertise inevitably  resulted in an organisation that now has a significant impact on disaster relief.


Mission Under Rotary

Each country partner of Disaster Aid International is sponsored by a specific Rotary club. In the case of Disaster Aid UK & Ireland, the sponsoring club is Denton and Audenshaw.  Working together within an international context,  Disaster Aid International is accordingly recognised by Rotary International.

Rotary International  is the world’s first service club organisation and has global cover. It currently has 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs across more than 200 countries worldwide.

Rotary club members form a global network of men and women from all walks of life who volunteer their time and talents to serve their local communities and to help those less fortunate around the world.  Their ethos is exemplified  by Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”.   Their activities are governed by the “Four –Way Test”:

  • Is it the TRUTH?
  • Is it FAIR to all concerned?
  • Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?



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