Disaster Aid UK & Ireland have emptied their warehouse to send aid that has been defined as urgently needed by DIA aid workers on the ground. Of the 63 LifeBoxes (7 Pallets) due to be sent, 52 are standard boxes (recently upgraded to a new spec) and the remaining made up of items specifically brought in following advice on what was needed (ie tools, extra blankets). To save costs they will be included with an aid consignment being sent out by Hope and Aid Direct (http://www.hopeandaiddirect.org.uk/).
DAUKI would like to thank Celia Parr, President of the Rotary Club of St Helens, and her fellow members who, with only 4 hrs notice, helped DAUKI members to prepare the boxes for shipment at the DAUKI warehouse in St. Helens. DAUKI would also like to express their gratitude to Rob Ledwith, Regional General Manager of the Co-operative Food Distribution Centre at Lea Green, St. Helens, not only for allowing DAUKI to use their warehouse for storage but also for providing free transport for the LifeBoxes to Northhampton where they will join the consignment from Hope and Aid Direct to then be sent out to Cebu on Saturday. Thanks are also due to Gill Cook for looking after the “packing team” today at the warehouse – and also to B&Q Hyde which made a spontaneous and significant donation while a DAUKI member was purchasing last minute tools for the consignment.
The LifeBoxes in this consignment will be used as emergency aid in recognition of the severity of this disaster. The St Helens warehouse is now empty of LifeBoxes and funds are needed urgently to replace new stock to pack more LifeBoxes in time for the longer term function of Disaster Aid International : to help communities rebuild their lives within their communities. For Disaster Aid International, the work does not stop when people have been given emergency shelter and food. This is when our work really starts and DAUKI is going to need funds to make a sustainable difference in the Philippines for some time to come.