Rotary shoeboxes being collected from Crowborough Tesco

Ukraine Shoebox Appeal

Graham Bucksey, Chair of the Rotary Club and Amy Murphy, Tesco’s Community Champion, pictured above, with 63 shoeboxes filled with the generous donations from local shoppers which will all be going to bring some joy and hope to children caught up in the conflict in Ukraine. The Rotary Club has led the way in collecting a further 100 boxes filled with essentials, clothes and toys. They will be going to orphanages set up in Poland for Ukrainian children, fleeing from the danger and violence in their home country. Some of the boxes and vital medical supplies will also go into war torn towns such as Mariupol, bringing much needed aid to those sheltering from the war.

In a matter of weeks, the Rotary Club has galvanised the generous spirit of the local community and has set up shoebox collection points in the town as well as working with Amy to run a Saturday collection at Tesco in Jarvis Brook. Graham Bucksey said “Amy has helped us in a very big way to achieve the wonderful number of boxes collected at Tesco”. Tesco will continue to work in partnership with the Rotary Club and will be providing a super raffle prize at the Rotary Golf event on 10th June. 

The boxes have arrived and below is the message from the church transporting them, including the supplies they have collected.

The two lads in the picture are Polish volunteers in charge of the transfer to the children.

We’ve arrived in krakow. 
Your boxes have just been unloaded. They are very grateful. They have 90 refugees staying with them at the moment, lots of young children. The majority of the boxes will be distributed this week. 
Thank you again for your time and effort

In addition to a growing partnership with Tesco, Rotary has been actively fund raising and working with other organisations to promote and support projects which are helping the needy and vulnerable in our town. Crowborough Foodbank and the Wealden Dementia Action Alliance have already benefited from the support and money raised by Rotary and the club will continue to be involved in efforts to bring aid to Ukrainian refugees. Club members will be present at Crowfest and the Crowborough Community Hospital August Bank Holiday Fete this Summer and we will be holding a Quiz Night in the Autumn. All proceeds from all these events will go to good causes so do look out for the Rotary Club stall. More information about fund raising events and details about the clubs can be found on the club website and new members will always be welcome.