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'A bit of good goes a long way' – Rotary Tortola

-Rotary Food Drive to assist Family Support Network (FSN) in helping needy persons
Two weeks ago the Rotary Club of Tortola heard a heart breaking report from guest speaker, Dr. Silvia Simmons, Executive Director of the Family Support Network (FSN). It was reported that they are in desperate need of food, financial and other material support. Rotarian Astrid Wenzke immediately organised a food drive to support the FSN. Standing from left are President Henry O. Creque, Dr. Silvia Simmons and Rotarian Ehab Tarabay; seated is Rotarian Astrid Wenzke. Photo: Facebook/FSN
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The Rotary Club of Tortola is stepping up to the call by Family Support Network (FSN) and Social Development to help families in genuine need of assistance with daily supplies of food by organising a food drive this coming Saturday August 30, 2014.

Public Relations Officer of the Rotary Club of Tortola Ms Lynette L. Harrigan told this news site that it is hard to even entertain the thought that there are children in the Virgin Islands (VI) who go to bed without the taste of a proper dinner.

“That’s why there are organizations such as the Rotary Club and while it is not the first time we are reaching to the needs of families we at Rotary Tortola have seen the need to continue to do more,” she said.

In this quest the club has organized themselves for an initiative that requires the involvement of the caring people of the VI. Via a press release the club has publicly invited to join them in a much needed community good-will venture.

“Come Saturday, August 30, 2014 the members of the Rotary Clubs of the BVI will be dedicating their time to being at the main supermarkets across the Territory with drop in boxes to collect your donations of non-perishable food items,” states the release.

From 10am – 4pm teams will be at Bobby’s in Road Town; One Mart; Road Town Wholesale, Pasea, and East End. On Virgin Gorda the teams will be at Bucks Food Market, Road Town Wholesale and Rosies.

According to Ms Harrigan it is a new project of the club called the “Island -Wide Food Drive” by the Rotary Club of Tortola in aid of the Family Support Network and Social Development.

“Rotarians are asking persons going into the supermarkets to purchase extra items to their discretion to drop in the provided bins. Remember no item is too small or insignificant and Rotarians will be on hand to collect and pack the items,” appealed Rotary Tortola.

Persons can also walk with items they already have in their pantry to donate including canned goods, paper goods, toilet paper, napkin, pampers, baby food etc.

“This is a community effort and we do know the BVI community is a giving one which makes us very confident that this great effort will be supported, as together with the Rotary Clubs of the BVI we will make this a success much to the delight of those in need.”

The Rotary Club of Tortola is also inviting persons to go to Facebook and like their page for continued updates on activities of the club and how they can be a part of these amazing community projects.

The club said that the undertaking was decided upon following the startling figures of families that struggle daily for meals and turn to the Family Support Network and Social Development for help. There are reports that very often persons are turned away when there is nothing in their food pantry.

“We view this as something that can be changed while the organizations put their energies in helping those people to become self sufficient, something which is not accomplishable overnight.

Together as a caring community we can be a part of that change, a meal a day goes a far way, so join Rotarians on Saturday, August 30thfor the “Island-Wide Food Drive,” the club said.

9 Responses to “'A bit of good goes a long way' – Rotary Tortola”

  • just asking (27/08/2014, 15:10) Like (3) Dislike (0) Reply
    how can the NDP economy be robust and more and more people are hungry?
  • mary j (27/08/2014, 23:00) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    The country needs Rotary.
  • Online Now (28/08/2014, 07:06) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Keep up the good works rotary
  • Yes (28/08/2014, 12:40) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    think thats a good inniative , but what about the other sister islands like jvd .... wow seems to be one of the step child island just saying seems as if they been left out of every thing these days ...
  • @LOL (28/08/2014, 16:48) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hungry people don't have wifi so stay out of it. jvd will be ok
  • yellow (29/08/2014, 00:21) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good work roatry

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