THERE has been a terrific response from Solihull people following the Haiti disaster last month.
Many schools, charities and community groups in the borough have being doing their upmost to raise vital funds for the relief effort.
The Solihull Lions Club has pledged £1,000 to the Lions Clubs International Foundation (LCIF), with an extra £180 added by the club members.
Solihull Rotary are also doing their bit and are helping to send Shelterboxes to the Caribbean nation. Meanwhile, girls in Alice House and Junior School at Saint Martin’s teamed up with two stylists from Aesthetics Hair Salon to hold a “Hair for Haiti” day to raise money for the disaster.
The pupils came up with the idea of coming into school with outrageous hairstyles after an assembly on the tragedy, and raised £350 for the Disasters’ Emergency Committee.
Solihull Sunday School also held a collection, raising £300 to help the children of Haiti.
“I’m extremely proud of the initiative the children have shown,” said headmaster Amanullah Khan. “We really do need to support the thousands of victims of this terrible disaster.”
Youngsters at Greswold Primary School have also done themselves proud and are on track to raise £490.
Jeremy Bird, headteacher, said: “I am extremely proud of the monies we have raised and the support the children gave to this event. Our prayers are with the people of Haiti.”
With a rising death toll of nearly 170,000, and the effort to find survivors officially called off by the UN on January 22, the focus is now on the needs of those left with nothing after the tragedy.
To donate to the DEC call 0370 60 60 900 or visit www.dec.org.uk/ .