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Residents look for personal belongings amidst the rubble of their homes in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 29, 2015. In the three days since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, the death toll from the earthquake has mounted so quickly, to more than 5,000, that most concerns other than the health and safety of its people have been put aside. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)
Residents look for personal belongings amidst the rubble of their homes in Bhaktapur, Nepal, April 29, 2015. In the three days since a magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck Nepal, the death toll from the earthquake has mounted so quickly, to more than 5,000, that most concerns other than the health and safety of its people have been put aside. (Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times)

Arbroath Rotary Club will be doing their part with a day of fundraising to help alleviate suffering in the aftermath of the Nepalese earthquake.

Tomorrow (Saturday) Rotarians will be out in force to raise funds for the humanitarian aid work in Nepal and also raise awareness of the dangers of high blood pressure here at home.

Club president Iain Grimmond explained: “The club and its members recognise the need to respond quickly to the devastation that has resulted from the earthquake in Nepal.

“There is a requirement to provide humanitarian aid to the thousands of people who are now homeless or whose homes are now in a perilous state and no longer have basic facilities such as water.

“We already have a bag packing event planned for tomorrow at Morrisons to raise money for Foundation, Rotary’s own charity, and we now aim to do even better by adding a bucket collection to help the Nepalese people.

“Mary Struthers, our international convener, has been in touch with key relief agencies and Rotary International itself. The need for shelter appears to have been met at present but she has established that fresh water and medium term aid is required, which is what we will be focusing on.”

The club’s other aim for the day is get people to think about their health.

Mr Grimmond continued: “Saturday is also Stroke Awareness Day and high blood pressure remains the single biggest risk factor for stroke.

“Visitors to our stand in Morrisons can get their blood pressure checked and receive information and advice on steps to keep it under control.

“High blood pressure is often referred to as the silent killer because it doesn’t present symptoms and many people have no idea their health may be at risk.

“Once again Arbroath Rotary Club will be out and about in Arbroath and we will be calling on the townspeople who have demonstrated, on many occasions that they are willing to support the activities of their local Rotary Club and I thank them in advance for their help on Saturday.”