The 4th August Beirut Explosion caused at least 190 deaths with 6,500 injuries and billions in property damage.
With DAA being unable to travel we provided advice and support to Disaster Aid Europe DART, Stuart Amesbury, who travelled to Beirut to assess the situation
During his four day visit Stuart met with Rotarians and Rotaractors, staff from hospitals, the Country Director of Medair, as well as residents of Beirut.
Upon his return Stuart’s summarised the situation as follows:
Since the blast, the situation for more than 300,000 is at breaking point.
There is a great need for immediate, as well as long term assistance, with various projects and local agencies requiring support now and in the future.
Due to the long term consequences of this disaster and the winter months coming, it is felt there will be a need for a long term project based on requirements identified by on ground Rotarians and Rotaractors.
Rotarians and Rotarators have combined to form the Rotary Beirut Crisis Committee
In addition to Disaster Aid Europe’s support :
Disaster Aid Australia have been running an appeal and we are planning to send SkyHydrants to provide safe water for hospitals.
Disaster Aid Canada has also indicated they will be supporting the response with Sawyer filters and solar lighting.
Disaster Aid UK & Ireland have commenced an appeal.
To find out more there is a Facebook live event on September 5th which we encourage all Rotarians to watch. . . Details are below
Rotaract Mediterranean live event in support of Beirut Stay Strong
The live event will take place over Facebook Live on Saturday 5th of September from 4.00pm Central European Summer Time (Midnight Melbourne Time)
Donation to Appeal
Please Donate Today to ensure as many people as possible have access to Medical Help and and Shelter.
Choose your donation amount to help the people of Beirut.
Charity donations of $2 or more to Disaster Aid Australia are tax-deductible in Australia.
How to help with the Australian Bushfire Disaster.
Disaster Aid Australia is registered as an Overseas Aid Charity.
As a condition of its charitable status it cannot spend donated funds within Australia.
We urge our Australian supporters in this time of response,, and the subsequent recovery, to support one of the many organisations who are helping fellow Australians.
The best form of help is money, that can be spent locally, rather than donated goods. . . . . Spending money locally helps the local economy recover and ensures that money is not wasted transporting goods that may not be needed.
This is an account of the Rotary Club of Bairnsdale (A great supporter of DAA) with the funds controlled by the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee. Rotary Club of Bairnsdale Projects Account BSB 633000 Acct 165960451. Please email the East Gippsland Rotary Fire Aid Committee when you donate firstname.lastname@example.org
Other Rotary Club Based Funds around Australia
Details of other Rotary Based Funds can be found at this: Link
This is the only option for those who can only donate to a recipient with DGR (Donor Gift Recipient) status, or those who want tax deductibility on their donations. Go to www.rawcs.org.au to donate. To make sure the funds go to those affected by the fires in our district, tag the area you would like to support.