AUSSIE ROTARIES SEND AID TO SOLOMONS

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SYDNEY, Australia (Australian Broadcasting Corp. April 25) – Australian rotary clubs are distributing emergency aid boxes that will help 2,000 people left homeless by this month's earthquake and tsunami in the Solomon Islands.

Lasse Petersen from the charity group Shelter Box is in the worst hit region of Ghizo.

He says the devastation is overwhelming - with about 15,000 people left homeless in the area.

"We've got 200 shelter boxes that have been delivered up here, we've got a 100 here on site now," he said. "We're distributing each of them, [they] will provide tent accommodation for 10 people - in total of 1,000 people we're providing support to. And there's another 100 boxes on their way up from Honiara."

Mr Petersen says it is hard to determine who is in most need.

"Certainly there's a need for a lot more tents up here and if anyone would like to contribute then we'd certainly appreciate if they could contact their local rotary club and make a donation to assist the Solomon Islands," he said.

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