ShelterBox Australia November Newsletter

 

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

Mike

Mike Greenslade

 

 

DEPLOYMENTS

 

Philippines – Super Typhoon

Super Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, struck the Philippines in early November. With winds of approximately 195 mph (315 km/h), it was the largest storm ever recorded to make landfall. The typhoon left hundreds of thousands of men, women and children without shelter or access to food or water.

5 Response Teams have been dealing with logistics and distribution in Manila, Bohol, Cebu, Bantayan Island and Tacloban

 

ShelterBox has committed to help a minimum of 6,000 families over the coming months. Logistics backlogs and the difficulty of distributing aid to an archipelago mean that we are likely to be very busy for the next few months.

The team working out of Bantayan Island will have the assistance of the Royal Australian Navy in the form of HMAS Tobruk and its aerial and sea-bourne assets.

600 ShelterBoxes, pre-positioned in Melbourne, are being flown to the Philippines this week courtesy of our partner Plan International

Philippines -Earthquake

A 7.2-magnitude earthquake hit Bohol, Philippines on 15th October. A ShelterBox Response Team was on the ground distributing aid when news of the approaching Super Typhoon came. The team quickly arranged for all tents to be struck and stored whilst they and the residents of Bohol took cover. The Typhoon only added to the devastation left by the earthquake, but once it had passed, the team got back to work immediately

ShelterBox continues to distribute aid in Sudan with the help of Plan International and with our partners in Lebanon and Iraqi Kurdistan

 

 

 

FUNDRAISING

 

 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 sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au 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

mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au
 

 

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