Helping the Reading Refugee Support Group

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Helping the Reading Refugee Support Group

Reading Rotary
Published in News · 3 January 2022
Reading Rotary Club have recently been helping the Reading Refugee Support Group (RRSG) by providing much-needed toiletries and other essentials. Below is an update and response the RRSG

Toiletries
The toiletries were distributed to refugees in four hotels around the Reading area, being given to at least 70 individuals. The recipients have been incredibly grateful, as the toiletries are very high quality and a treat compared to the single use, poor quality items at the hotels. Soha said everyone has been beaming smiles on receipt and passing on their thanks to ourselves and the Rotary club for them. 🙂
The sanitary towels have been incredibly popular with the women, as these are not provided to residents at some of the hotels. We have also given out some of the toiletries to destitute clients attending support sessions, who have been similar blown away by them.
 
Laptops
COVID resurgence has forced us to pause things, but we have established a weekly 'internet cafe' drop in for refugees from the local hotels to use the four laptops we purchased with your donations. We've had 18 people use the laptops in the 3 weeks it ran. We have also set the four laptops up on a table at our weekly Monday Drop Ins to provide internet access for those attending, and they've been in constant use since we've been putting them out during the three Drop Ins.
 
My colleagues forgot to get photos, so I've asked them again, and they've assured me they'll get photos of the laptops in use the next time we have them out.
 
Thanks so much to you, and to the rest of the Club for your support this year. We really appreciate it 🙂
 
PS thanks to you and the rest of the Club for having us involved in the Santa Run! It was a brilliant day and we were really pleased to get more than 50 people running for us.
 
From everyone at Reading Refugee Support Group, we wish you and your loved ones a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year! 🎄


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