Red Cross worker heads to Haiti

A Gloucestershire Red Cross aid worker is preparing to fly to Haiti to co-ordinate shelter construction there.

Red Cross logistics expert John Cunningham, who lives in Horsley, heads out there on Sunday to co-ordinate the arrival of thousands of shelter kits aimed at providing enhanced protection to the people of Haiti in the coming rainy season.

John will help co-ordinate the arrival, distribution and construction of 5,000 kits due to arrive shortly in the capital, Port au Prince.

Each one provides a transitional shelter - temporary but solid structures resistant to the elements – to house a family until they are able to move into a permanent home.

John has been speaking to Heart about the trip:

Glos Red Cross workerListen to John Cunningham
The International Federation of the Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) is heading up the international cross-agency approach to shelter provision in Haiti. So far a million people have been reached with vital shelter since the earthquake struck almost three months ago.

For more info on the British Red Cross Haiti Earthquake Appeal go to