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SHELTERBOX

 
ShelterBox responds instantly to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid. Each box supplies an extended family with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

The cost of a box is $1,000, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website.

Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.

Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for the people who need it most on every continent. To date 130148 boxes have been delivered to where they have been needed most.

We have tracking systems in place so that we can monitor weather systems around the globe and anticipate the likely scale of hurricanes and cyclones. In addition, an earthquake alert gives us immediate notice of any seismic activity that could result in a humanitarian disaster. We have strong relationships with international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide who contact us when they become aware of an urgent need for shelter.

Recognising this worldwide support from the Rotary community, ShelterBox was designated as a Project Partner in 2012. Logos with this designation will now appear on all ShelterBoxes, tents, blankets and ancillary materials.

We have a large stock of equipment in our warehouse at our HQ in the UK and more than 9,000 pre-packed boxes stored in strategic locations across the globe.

We aim to get the first shipment of boxes dispatched to a disaster area within 2-3 days where a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) meets it. The team ensures the boxes are distributed to those most in need. Often ShelterBox is the first outside aid agency on the ground distributing desperately needed shelter and emergency aid to people whose lives have been destroyed.

If you are planning an event to raise awareness/funds for ShelterBox, you can request to have a Response Team member as a very informative and entertaining guest speaker. District Ambassadors Peter and Lorraine Croft are more than happy to help organise any aspect of your fundraiser and, where practicable, can arrange for a ShelterBox for display purposes. They can be contacted at shelterbox@rotary9670.org.au or on 0488707766.

Go onto the website at http://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au/index.php and see for yourself the difference a ShelterBox can make.