The Rotary Clubs of Ottawa are coming together to help St. Vincent as it struggles to cope with  La Soufrière Volcano eruptions.

The situation in St. Vincent is becoming a growing humanitarian crisis, with thousands of people now homeless and being primarily farmers, without land and a means of income.  Rotarians on the ground are working selflessly to help feed the homeless, provide water and PPE to assist in minimizing the inhalation of ash and provide a measure of protection against a mass spreading of COVID-19.

In the longer term, Rotary will be involved in economic recovery efforts and in all likelihood, low-cost housing.

Leaders of volcano-wracked St. Vincent said that water is running short as heavy ash contaminates supplies, and they estimated that the eastern Caribbean island will need hundreds of millions of dollars to recover from the eruption of La Soufriere.  Between 16,000 to 20,000 people have been evacuated from the island's northern region, where the exploding volcano is located, with more than 4,000 of them staying at more than 89 government shelters.

The following link will allow you to make donations directly and receive a tax receipt.  Tax receipts will be issued and emailed automatically once online donation is made.

https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/rotary-club-of-west-ottawa-service-fund-inc/campaign/st-vincent-volcano-relief/

Donations can also be made by cheque made payable to Rotary Club of West Ottawa (Service Fund) Inc. and mailed to Linda Flynn, RCWO Treasurer, 27 Trillium Ave., Ottawa, On K2E5M8 OR by e-transfer to westottawarotaryclub@gmail.com (please email the security question answer exactly how it is typed into the e-transfer to the same email address) 

Please make your donations by May 15, 2021.

The main contact for this project initiative is President Caroline DeWitt. Please contact her if you have any questions at cdewittc@gmail.com

DONATIONS AS of APRIL 28, 2021     $6,180
 
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