WITH the current conflict in the Middle East, Cowdenbeath Rotary Club is set to send a Shelter Box to the area to help provide accommodation for homeless people in Gaza.

The Rotary Club’s International Convener, Tom Russell, told Thursday’s meeting: “The war situations in Ukraine and the Middle East are leading to thousands of people becoming homeless.

“The Rotary movement’s Shelter Box organisation is finding itself under increasing pressure and needing increased backing from clubs all around the world.

“We decided, at the end of the summer, to raise funds at Lochgelly Gala and Bowhill Highland Games, for our Shelter Box Appeal and realised around £350.

“With this current crisis it may be possible, with fundraising at our centenary dinner-dance, to be able to afford to send another box which could perhaps help a family in Gaza.”

Club treasurer, Dennis Brooks, said that it should be possible to raise the extra £349 at the dinner to pay for a new Shelter Box, and the club members voted to proceed with the necessary fundraising at the centenary event.

A Shelter Box can provide accommodation for up to a family of 10 and cooking facilities and also meet other requirements for families in crisis.