ShelterBox Australia relies on a network of volunteer Ambassadors to help spread awareness and raise funds for disaster relief. One of our longest serving Ambassadors is Western Australian, Gordon Cargeeg. Gordon, now in his nineties, is a Past District Governor of the Rotary Club of Melville in Perth and was recently awarded a Certificate of Gratitude for his voluntary work, promoting Shelterbox.
The award was presented at the Melville club’s changeover dinner on behalf of the Board of ShelterBox Australia by District 9455 ShelterBox Representative, David Brockway, . David said that Gordon’s “magnificent efforts to promote ShelterBox have resulted in many hundreds of ShelterBoxes to be funded and subsequently deployed to many areas of need around the world.”
Upon receiving the award, Gordon said, ‘My first contact with ShelterBox was in the Rotary Year 2004-5. DG John Iriks, on returning from a meeting in the Eastern States, having seen the ShelterBox Programme, asked me if I would obtain further details. I contacted them (ShelterBox) and they arranged for a complete box to be sent West.
Since then the box and contents has been shown extensively throughout the state. eg All District conferences, Club meetings. Royal & local shows (in conjunction with Scouts)
This has given much publicity, resulting in valuable contributions & support over the ensuing years.”
ShelterBox has gone from strength to strength in Western Australia, with the Rotary Club of Melville alone funding more than 42 boxes, the most recent of which were deployed to the Philippines. A big thank you to Gordon, the Rotary Club of Melville and all our supporters in Western Australia.
To find out more about Shelterbox visit www.shelterboxaustralia.org.au