Published: December 3, 2010
Disaster zone survival boxes packed by Burnham's Inner Wheel

Dozens of survival boxes for use in disaster zones across the world have been created by members of Burnham-On-Sea's Inner Wheel Club this week.

Rita Jolliffe, Sue Newbery and President Janet Breed were joined by President Elect of Burnham Rotary Club, Ian Breed, to help pack the Water Survival Boxes.

"The boxes contain a water pump and purification system together with items to help four people survive following a disaster and over 3,000 have been sent to places such as Haiti, Pakistan and Chili over the past year, " Burnham Inner Wheel's spokeswoman Sandra Moon told

"These boxes are organised by the Rotary Club who rely on donations from other clubs and outside help. They include a tarpaulin, cooking pots, a bucket and tools."

Volunteers from the Rotary Club and Inner Wheel help keep the stock of the filled boxes topped up so that there are always several hundred at the ready for use in case of an emergency.

Sandra added: "A total of 49 boxes were packed in two hours with one coffee break, which takes some doing! There were a few aching shoulders and backs at the end of it, but it's a worthy cause and the job was enjoyed by all."


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