Rotarian Doreen Lawton and Warehouse Manager Ed Huddleston

Rotarian Doreen Lawton and Warehouse Manager Ed Huddleston

Rhyddings have joined up with the Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle to fill 34 shoeboxes which will be sent to disadvantaged people in Eastern Europe.

The shoeboxes contain anything from toys, make up, toiletries, small amount of clothing such as hats and scarves and writing material. These boxes will be transported to children and teenagers in orphanages, hospitals, street kids, adults in TB and AIDS hospitals, women’s refuges and to older people in hostels.

The shoeboxes, along with 18 illustrated Dictionaries, are destined for Romania and the Ukraine. Transport arrangements are by International Aid of Preston who since 1991 has been sending out a whole range of medical and other goods and services to needy countries. Many thousands have been helped and supported in over 40 different nations in Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe.

International Aid have established tried and trusted networks of caring leaders and volunteers, many have been with this organisation since it started. They rely entirely on goods being supplied free and of donations from companies and other organisations.

Carmel Cunliffe, Business Manager at Rhyddings said: “We are very pleased to be associated with this project, our students when they realise the plight of people in these poorer countries are keen to become involved.”

Jim Hargreaves, Youth Chairman for the club said: “The Rotary Club of Church and Oswaldtwistle have been filling shoeboxes for over 15 years and consider this a very worthy project. We are very thankful for International Aid of Preston for the role they play in transporting the boxes overseas.”