Newsletter for June 2013

  Welcome to our monthly eNewsletter for ShelterBox Australia.

 

 

June has seen us working from the plains of Oklahoma to the Himalayan mountains of Himachal Pradesh. The crisis in Syria continues to be the main focus of our efforts and the figures above show that although we can be proud of our response so far, the need is still great.

June is traditionally a great month for donations, as people get ready for tax time and Rotary clubs disburse funds to good causes. This June has been no exception and I’d like to thank all our donors for their generous support. Unfortunately, the need for emergency shelter persists all year round and we are always looking for new supporters. To help spread the word, why not forward this newsletter to some of your friends; “like” us on Facebook and share the updates or sign up for the blog?

 

This month’s quote comes from Albert Schweitzer, “The purpose of human life is to serve, to show compassion and the will to help others.”

 

Thanks for your support.

 

Mike

 

Mike Greenslade SRT

Director/Communications Officer

ShelterBox Australia

 

 

NB. You are receiving this newsletter because you have either supported us in the past, signed up via the website or at an event. Should you wish not to receive future newsletters, you can unsubscribe at the bottom of the page. Another great way of keeping up to date with what’s happening with ShelterBox Australia is via our blog, at: https://shelterboxaustralia.wordpress.com

 DEPLOYMENTS

 

 

  INDIA – Floods/Landslides

Many are calling northwest India’s heaviest rains for 80 years a ‘Himalayan tsunami’ and the reasons why are obvious. Almost 100,000 people have been rescued so far, tens of thousands more remain displaced from their homes and thousands are reported to be injured. Infrastructure and farmland have been swept away and landslides have been caused. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has deployed to the region to assess ways of helping those most in need, especially in remote areas.

 

 USA – Tornado

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) has continued to work in Oklahoma, USA to address the shelter needs of communities impacted by last month’s tornados. For the last few weeks, affected families in Bethel Acres and Little Axe have been living in cars, under tarps and in standard tents that are not suitable for extreme weather conditions, especially now the hot summer months have begun. The SRT has been distributing relief tents, working alongside local Rotary and Scouts.

 

 SYRIAN REFUGEE CRISIS

ShelterBox continues to find ways of helping Syrian refugees and IDPs. According to the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR), some 6.8 million people have been forced from their homes in Syria. We have been working below the radar with our partner, Hand In Hand for Syria, to distribute non-food items like water filters and kitchen sets. ShelterBox continues to distribute boxes in Lebanon through it’s network of partners (987 boxes distributed) and is investigating sending more aid to Jordan So far ShelterBox has committed over US$1 million of aid.

 

 HAITI

ShelterBox and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) have been working together in Haiti since the devastating earthquake of 2010. Although the IOM has successfully closed 28 camps, many still remain and Shelterbox aid is being utilised as an emergency response, to replace shelter damaged by the frequent tropical storms. Until permanent shelter needs are met, ShelterBox will continue to work in collaboration with IOM to help Haitian families in need.

 

 

 

 FUNDRAISING

 

 DONATE PLANET

Donate Planet is a not-for-profit foundation who’s website brings charities together in one place, making it easier for people to donate online. From 30th June – 7th of July ShelterBox Australia will be their featured charity. Hopefully this will raise our profile and some much needed funds. You can visit the site at http://www.donateplanet.com

 

 Odd Sox For ShelterBox

Have you heard of our new fundraising initiative, “Odd Socks For ShelterBox”?! Clubs, schools and businesses are encouraged to hold an “Odd Socks” day to help raise awareness and funds for Shelterbox. We are also seeking donations of signed socks from celebrities, sports personalities and public figures to auction. Do you know someone famous that may be able to help out? For more details and help organising your “Odd Socks” day please contact our head of fundraising, PDG Carolyn Krueger at Carolyn Krueger, noosa@bigpond.net.au or mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

 

Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at:
mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

 

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