Disaster relief

Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust launches Turkey Disaster Appeal

Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust launches Turkey Disaster Appeal

Following an earthquake and tsunami off Turkey’s Aegean coast, the Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust has launched an appeal to help long-term community rebuilding.

The Rotary Disaster Recovery Trust has launched a Turkey Disaster Appeal, after 2020’s most powerful earthquake so far hit the region.

On 30th October, the powerful 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck just off Turkey’s Aegean coast and north of the Greek island of Samos.

The tremor was centred off Turkey’s Izmir province destroying homes and buildings, killing at least 115 people, injuring over 1,000, with some still unaccounted for.

The shallow tremor also triggered a mini-tsunami that flooded Izmir and Samos, and is the deadliest earthquake of 2020 so far.

Drone footage shows buildings in the city of Imzir being reduced to piles of rubble, with Turkey’s Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency saying close to 20 building collapsed or were damaged.


How to donate

If you would like to support* the Disaster Recovery Trust (charity number 1119688), you can:

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving

  • Send a cheque – Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust, Kinwarton Road, Alcester, B49 6PB
  • Contact the Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Finance department for bank transfer information


About the Disaster Recovery Trust

The Rotary in Great Britain and Ireland Disaster Recovery Trust (formerly known as the Donations Trust) is a registered charity (number 1119688), established in 2007, which collates donations and makes grants to Rotary projects working to rebuild communities.

Since then the charity has continued its work with the purpose of responding to major disasters at home and abroad in the reconstruction phase following a disaster.

Typical projects include constructing and equipping school and community centres, rebuilding infrastructure and providing rescue vehicles.

Over the last three years, the Donations Trust has collated funds for earthquakes in Italy, New Zealand and Nepal, flooding in the UK, Ireland and Pakistan as well as hurricanes in the Caribbean.


Apply for funding

Rotary clubs are eligible to apply for funding from the Disaster Recovery Trust to create and implement sustainable, community development projects for areas recently affected by disasters.

For more information on how to apply for funding, please visit the Disaster Recovery Trust page within My Rotary. Please note this area is only accessible to Rotary members.


*Please note that all donations are subject to a 2% administration charge to support the running of the trust, and in the event that no suitable project can be found within a period of five years, the donations will be transferred to the Disaster Recovery Trust’s General Fund.