Opticians Join Pakistani Flood Victims Aquabox Appeal

Thursday, 23 September 2010

SPECSAVERS in Montrose is urging customers to help in their bid to provide much needed supplies to victims of the recent floods in Pakistan.


Staff at the High Street opticians have already filled a welfare Aquabox which will be sent to victims of the floods. However they are keen to send more boxes and would like customers to help fill the boxes by donating essential items such as tools and toiletries. The Aquabox will then be sent to the region and latterly used to store, filter and supply drinking water.


Aquaboxes are specially designed 75-litre containers which can be filled with items ranging from nappies to toys, candles and cooking equipment. Each box also contains a filter cartridge and water-treatment tablets to enable it to purify up to 1100 litres of polluted water.


Catherine Wilson, store director of Montrose Specsavers says: 'The floods in Pakistan have had devastating consequences for the people living there. We wanted to do something to help and think the Aquaboxes are a great way of providing the victims with essential goods as well as the opportunity to have some fresh water.                                                                                                 


'I really hope the local community will get behind us and donate items towards the boxes which will go some way towards helping the people of Pakistan. I am happy to cover all shipping costs for the extra boxes required to send any customer donations.'


During disasters, water can often become contaminated with water-borne diseases such as typhoid and cholera. Young children often take infections that cause diarrhoea which can lead to dehydration.


If you would like to donate something please visit Specsavers in Montrose, located in the town's High Street.


Specsavers stores in Dundee, Aberdeen, Dunfermline, Stirling, Oban, Alloa, Dumbarton, Elgin, St Andrews, Glasgow Forge, Wishaw, Dumfries, Coatbridge and Airdrie will also be sending Aquaboxes to Pakistan.


For more information on the boxes and what items can be included log onto www.aquaboxes.org


For more information on Specsavers Montrose, visit www.specsavers.co.uk/montrose  or call 01674 679 080




Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers Opticians.


Issued by Beattie Communications on behalf of Specsavers (http://www.specsavers.co.uk/)



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