Parabottle’s fundraising efforts were given a boost when members of Poltimore Church raised over £100 at their family service in September, highlighting the vital importance of water in sustaining life.
The 30 strong congregation modelled mini Parabottles from plastic and string to replicate the emergency aid pods which are being developed to parachute basic, yet essential, supplies into disaster zones worldwide.
Bridget Boxall, an organiser of the service said: “This year’s service focused on giving thanks for water which we very often take for granted in daily life. The Parabottle concept was an excellent way of illustrating just how vital water can be. We have donated the proceeds from the event to the Parabottle charity to support their efforts in providing water and emergency aid those most in need”.
Parabottle’s Nick Sprague said: “I am really heartened and extremely grateful that the community in Poltimore have given their support to Parabottle and recognised its incredible potential. After the Haiti earthquake I was struck by how vital it is to get the right kind of aid into a disaster zone within the first 24 hours of a disaster due to the threat of dehydration and disease.”
Nick Sprague added: “We would encourage other community groups in Exeter to get involved in any way they can to ensure that we can turn the Parabottle concept into reality as soon as possible.”
A Parabottle prototype is currently being developed by Airborne Systems and Gwalia Packaging, both based in South Wales.
For more information on Parabottle or to contact one of the team, please visit www.parabottle.org.uk
Donations can be made via www.justgiving.com/parabottle
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