ShelterBox was founded in 2000 in the small town of Helston in Cornwall. That same year the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard adopted it as its millennium project. Little did they know that it would become a Rotary project partner, with an ever-growing number of international affiliates.
Every year thousands of communities lose their homes, possessions and livelihoods through natural disasters such as earthquakes, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and also conflicts.
ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and vital supplies to support those communities around the world overwhelmed by such disasters and humanitarian crises. Since 2000 these include the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the Syria crisis and the biggest storm ever to make landfall – Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines. It has also helped many thousands of people displaced by disasters not featured in the media.
What is a ShelterBox? A ShelterBox includes a range of items designed to help families who have lost their homes and belongings regain a sense of normality. The contents are altered depending on the disaster, but a ShelterBox typically contains a disaster relief tent for a family, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a basic tool kit, mosquito nets and a children’s activity pack.
I hope you agree that this is a very worthy charity. Please give as generously as you can.
Thank you on behalf of the Charity Committee.