Are You Up For The Challenge in Tasmania?

Launceston's Cataract Gorge provides a stunning backdrop for the launch of ShelterBox Challenge Tasmania

Launceston’s Cataract Gorge provides a stunning backdrop for the launch of ShelterBox Challenge Tasmania

 

The Rotary Club of Launceston, Tasmania, is hosting Australia’s first ShelterBox Challenge in aid of the disaster relief charity. The event will take place on 27th April 2013 and will take in some of the regions most spectacular scenery, including the Cataract Gorge, the Trevallyn Nature Reserve and parts of Launceston City Centre. Based on the successful ShelterBox Dartmoor Challenge held in the UK and the Amsterdam Challenge in the Netherlands, teams of four are to negotiate the course carrying an iconic green ShelterBox, competing against the clock.

Competitors in the Dartmoor Challenge, held annually in the UK

Competitors in the Dartmoor Challenge, held annually in the UK

 

ShelterBox, a Project Partner of Rotary International, provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families who have lost everything to disasters, both natural and manmade. The cornerstone of their aid package is their disaster relief tent, large enough to accommodate en extended family and tough enough to withstand the harshest of conditions. Also contained in the box is, water purification and cooking equipment; a stove; blankets and groundsheets; a tool kit; solar light and children’s activity pack. Mosquito nets and fleece hat/scarf/glove sets are sent as required. Since it’s formation in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to over 200 disasters in 90+ countries, helping well over one million people.

ShelterBox recently helped families who had lost their homes in the bush fires that swept through SE Tasmania

ShelterBox recently helped families who had lost their homes in the bush fires that swept through SE Tasmania

 

Rotarians and ShelterBox Ambassadors, Ian Routley and Bill Dobson have been busy with volunteers from their club planning the event and are looking for teams to register. Mr Dobson said, “The aim of this event is not only to raise funds for further boxes but also to raise awareness of ShelterBox in the greater community and the involvement of Rotary Clubs at a local, national and international level.’ Registration is $500 per team with teams encouraged to seek sponsorship and raise funds by way of donations. ‘The event promises to be great fun, in aid of a great cause”

 

To register for the event please email Bill Dobson: billdobsonrtn9830@hotmail.com

Places are limited, so get you registration in early. Interstate teams are encouraged to enter.

 

For more information on ShelterBox visit: http://www.shelterboxaustralia.com.au

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