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Car boot sale for Haiti disaster relief

Feed My Lambs Ministry will be holding a car boot sale tomorrow to raise funds for the disaster relief effort in Haiti.

The charity runs an orphanage, school and clinic in the country, which has been left devastated by Hurricane Matthew — the most powerful Caribbean storm in a decade.

According to international media reports, more than 800 people died as a result of Matthew, which hit the southwestern part of the impoverished nation late Monday and early Tuesday and is now pounding the East Coast of the United States.

“We routinely have a table at the car boot sale,” Marianne Herbert, who volunteers with the charity, said, adding that the funds normally go towards the feeding programme.

“In view of all that has happened our funding is going to the disaster relief. We're particularly concerned because of the flooding.

“There is likely to be an outbreak of waterborne diseases, particularly cholera.”

While the charity's compound in Montrouis escaped the storm with some minor flooding, word is spreading of a greater need in the surrounding areas.

“We're really fundraising to get food for the people and to get emergency medicine,” Ms Herbert added.

She said the medicine can be administered at the compound clinic, which is staffed by a doctor, pharmacist, registered nurse and lab technician.

Ms Herbert added that there had already been a good response, with people rallying around to support the cause.

The car boot sale will be held at St Mark's Church on South Road in Smith's from 8am to 2pm tomorrow.

Plants and pots, clothes, jewellery, gifts, toys and Christmas items will be on sale and any monetary donations will be gratefully accepted.

• For more information, visit the charity's Facebook page or see the flyer under “Related Media”.

Residents stand near a church that had its roof ripped away by Hurricane Matthew in Les Cayes, Haiti (Photograph via AP/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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Published October 07, 2016 at 1:50 pm (Updated October 07, 2016 at 3:11 pm)

Car boot sale for Haiti disaster relief

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