ShelterBox Australia Newsletter (June 2012)

Welcome our monthly eNewsletter for Shelterbox Australia.

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As one Rotary and financial year ends, a new one begins and I’d like to take this chance to thank all our supporters for their generosity and support over the past 12 months. In the coming 12,  we’ll need to do it all again so that we can help those affected by disasters around the world. Your donations will soon be benefiting the needy in South Sudan and Uganda and anywhere else they are required.

Last month’s signing of an agreement with the United Nations Humanitarian response Depot (UNHRD) along with our long-standing agreements with DHL and Rotary clubs around the world has meant that we now have 9,000 boxes pre-postioned around the globe. This greatly enhances our ability to respond quickly to disasters wherever they may occur.

This month’s quote comes Miguel de Cervates “To be prepared is half the victory”

 Deployments

   SUDAN – Conflict

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) travelled to South Sudan on 29 June to discuss the distribution of emergency shelter with other aid agencies, in response to continuing conflict in the African country. SRT members Tom Lay (UK) and Tom Dingwall (UK) will be meeting with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) to coordinate a tent distribution plan. Read more here: SUDAN

  UGANDA – Mudslides

Up to 400,000 people may require emergency shelter in Uganda’s mountainous east due to continuing heavy rains and mudslides that could force them to flee their homes. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to assess the situation. SRT members David Webber (UK) and Fiona McElroy (UK) will be travelling to the African country to meet with local officials and other aid agencies to assess the need for humanitarian aid.
Mudslides are frequent in eastern Uganda. ShelterBox deployed to Uganda in March 2010, where 200 ShelterBoxes were delivered to mudslide survivors. Read more here: UGANDA

 ITALY – Earthquake
Relief operations have come to an end in Italy. The SRT worked collaboratively with volunteers from ShelterBox Italy Center affiliate, Rotaractors from Modena, Mirandola, Carpi and Bologna, and the national Civil Protection agency to assess the need and distribute the much-needed tents.Shelter, warmth and dignity has been brought to over one hundred displaced families with a total of 128 disaster relief tents distributed to those most in need in the towns of Medolla, Concordia, Cavezzo and San Felice. Read the full report here: ITALY

Fundraising
  Noosa Display
The combined Rotary Clubs of Noosa recently held a ShelterBox display at the Civic Noosa Shopping Centre. The Noosa clubs have been longtime supporters of ShelterBox and displays like this not only raise much needed funds for disater relief but help raise the profile of both ShelterBox and Rotary.
  Redcliff City Rotary
It’s changeover time for Rotary Clubs around the country and Redcliff City Rotary Club was just one of the many to donate to ShelterBox as RI’s recognised Partner for disaster relief. Here, SBA Ambassador, Brian Springer receives a cheque for $5000 on behalf of ShelterBox Australia. A big thank you to all those clubs for their continued support and well done to our hard-working Ambassadors.
  Social Media Day
30th June was Social Media Day and Shelterbox celebrated by highlighting some of the pwerful ways social media can be used to spread our message. ShelterBox USA recently ran a campaign to gain more followers on Facebook and Twitter and were sponsored by Lumber Liquidators to the tune of a dollar per new like of friend. $5,000 later and ShelterBox USA had rapidly increased it’s reach on social media. Here in Australia, our very own Lara Marks-Nash’s web-based postcard fundraiser was featured too. Bringing together the best of new and old media (i.e. blogs, facebook and good old-fashioned postcards), Lara’s efforts were held as example of how social media can have a global reach and both raise funds and garner new support for ShelterBox.
If you haven’t already done so please check out Lara’s site at http://letterboxshelterbox.wordpress.com and use your social media outlets to spread the word, share it, like it, forward it to a friend!
  Facebook Page  
Whilst we’re on the subject of social media, have you checked out our new Facebook pageDo you know somone who might be willing to sponsor a campaign similar that in the USA?
Remember that to use use social media effectively it’s important to “share” information with your network. This will be especially important when we launch a major appeal
Have you held a sucessful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please sendme the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at:
mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au
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