Welcome to our monthly eNewsletter for ShelterBox Australia.
November has been a momentous month for ShelterBox. Whilst we were responding to an earthquake in the Philippines, the country was struck by the strongest storm ever recorded. Super Typhoon Haiyan left an estimated 10,000 people dead and hundreds of thousands in desperate need of shelter.
ShelteBox responded immediately, dispatching more SRTs to the area, along with aid, pre-positioned in the Philippines and Dubai, whilst volunteers at HQ packed boxes. An international “Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal” was launched. ShelterBox Australia set a fundraising target of $500,000. In an amazing outpouring of public generosity, in just 3 weeks we broke through this target. With the help of Rotary, individuals, and charitable foundations we have raised over $510,000 …. and the fund is still growing! Obviously, the need is huge and the more donations we receive, the more families we’ll able to help. We have since raised the bar to $750,000.
To all those that have donated, a big thank you! Your generosity will have a huge postive impact on families in desperate need. Stay tuned to the website for deployment updates.
This months quote comes from Oscar Wilde, “The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention”
Thanks for your continued support
Give A Special Box This Christmas
If you are stuck for gift ideas or are tired of exchanging presents destined for land-fill, why not break the mold and give a gift that keeps on giving. You might like to club together as a family or at your workplace and sponsor a ShelterBox.
In return you will receive a custom designed Christmas card to give in lieu of this very special present.
You can specify if you want your box to go to the Philippines Appeal; to our Syrian Refugee Appeal or into our Relief Fund (recommended) to enable us to react immediately when disaster strikes. Simply donate in the normal way and notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org that this is a Christmas gift and we will get your card out to you.
Next year we plan to have a range of cards and equivalent gifts to suit all budgets.
Typhoon Haiyan Emergency Appeal
All donations count. Big or small, they all add up and enable us to respond in a practical and flexible way. However, we have received some significant donations that are worthy of a mention. I would like to thank: The Portland House Foundation; Merle Fletcher Savage; The Richardson Foundation; Rotary Club of Busselton Geographe Bay; Arion Systems; Peter Wylie; Paul Blain, Helping Children Smile and the Rotary Clubs of: Seymour; Warners Bay; Mt Gambier West; Albany Port; Batavia Coast; Kings Cross and Ipswich City
RC of Darling Harbour – ShelterBox Expo
The Rotary Club of Darling Harbour held their annual ShelterBox Expo on 2nd November in Darling harbour itself. The team were ably supported by SRT Peter Pearce but had to contend with smoke from nearby bushfires and a gathering of Zombies in Hyde Park. The Expo gave high profile exposure to ShelterBox and raised valuable funds fo our Syria Refugee Appeal, which now stands at over $100,000.
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: http://www.shelterboxaustralia.wordpress.com.au