Former Chief of the Defence Force Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK AFC (Ret’d) has accepted the position of Patron of ShelterBox Australia. ShelterBox Australia is part of a worldwide humanitarian service organisation providing emergency shelter and vital supplies to support communities overwhelmed by disaster and humanitarian crisis. Since ShelterBox began in 2000, it has responded to earthquakes, floods, volcanoes, tsunamis, hurricanes, landslides, typhoons and conflict, delivering emergency humanitarian aid to communities in need. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide. Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief, providing emergency shelter for the people who need it most on every continent. ShelterBox is currently working in Vanuatu following the destruction caused by Cyclone Pam, as well as in Cameroon, Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea, Gaza, Niger, Iraq, Malawi, Pakistan, Philippines and Syria.
In accepting the position of Patron, Sir Angus said: “I am delighted to accept the offer to become Patron of ShelterBox Australia. Over the years I have been involved in many disaster and humanitarian relief operations. I am acutely aware of the need for the provision of shelter to those in need and ShelterBox brings life saving aid, hope and dignity to families made homeless by disasters worldwide, responding to earthquakes, fires, floods, volcanic eruptions, tsunamis, landslides, typhoons and areas of conflict. I look forward to working with the people of ShelterBox on current and future disasters.”
ShelterBox Australia Chair Bob Furner responded: “ShelterBox Australia is delighted to have Sir Angus as its new Patron. Sir Angus is well known for his commitment to serve the nation in leadership roles in a variety of roles in the community. His support of ShelterBox give us great confidence in the future of our organisation.”