In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, a call for Rotarians to help ShelterBox in the Philippines has gone out from the USA, where Rotary International President Ron D. Burton is urging 1.2 million members and 34,000 clubs worldwide to contribute to the charity’s relief programme.
With ShelterBox and Rotary International being global project partners, it is no surprise that Rotary Clubs across the world have risen to the call since Haiyan struck the Philippines. Within days of the greatest storm to make landfall ever, ShelterBox experienced a huge surge in fundraising donations, and Rotary Clubs worldwide were lead players in this response.
‘This disaster is exactly why we entered into our partnership with ShelterBox,’ said Ron. ‘It gives concerned Rotary members the opportunity to respond immediately and in a very meaningful way to life-threatening conditions faced by the people of the Philippines.
‘Change lives for the better’
‘On Friday, I visited their website and sponsored a ShelterBox to help a family in need, and I encourage you to do the same if you’re able to do so – any level of support will help to change lives for the better.’
Becky Maynard, ShelterBox Director of Fundraising and Communications, replied, ‘It has been astounding to see Rotary clubs and Rotarians around the world mobilising so quickly to support the people of the Philippines.
‘We are working directly with Rotarians in the Philippines and we have Rotarian Response Team members on the ground. The partnership between ShelterBox and the global Rotary family really demonstrates how, through service and support, we can make a real difference to people in their greatest hour of need.’
And, to top all the overwhelming fundraising activity and work in the field, has now had an official commendation from the Philippines Government via its UK Embassy. Gladys Corbett, Honorary Consul to the Philippines, was visiting the Rotary Club of Braids last Saturday to help out with a collection for ShelterBox in the city of Edinburgh. Clubs in this district have already raised enough for 30 ShelterBoxes.
In a message to Rotary District Governor Kate Keter, Mrs Corbet said, ‘I can’t tell you how impressed I was with the ShelterBox. I was pleased to lend my, albeit brief, support today and will inform the Embassy in London about your fundraising effort.’
‘ShelterBox is spot on’
‘ShelterBox is spot on with what they do to relieve the suffering of those who have lost homes and possessions. On behalf of the Philippine Government and the Philippine Embassy in London I send my sincere gratitude to all members of the Rotary Club of Braids for their support to help those who have lost everything in the Typhoon Haiyan disaster.’
From everyone at ShelterBox, a huge thank you to every Rotarian around the world who is supporting our disaster relief work in the Philippines. Together we are making a difference. Thank you.