‘Run For Shelter’ Team Excels At Doll’s Point Marathon Event

A group of ShelterBox supporters recently hit the road to raise funds for disaster relief. The “Run for Shelter” team excelled in the Dolls Point Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10km event held on 12/7/2015

ShelterBox Australia Ambassador and member of the Rotary Club of West Wollongong, Tim Koppel, quietly trained hard for the event. Afterwards Tim said,

‘It was a relatively small event but nevertheless the team took out two trophies in the Male 60-69 year old marathon (1st), and Woman < 50 categories (6th)!’

Tim very modestly forgot to point out that it was he that took out first in 60-69 Marathon! Well done Tim!

The 'Run For Shelter' team ran a total of 167.6kms for ShelterBox ........ not counting the training!

The ‘Run For Shelter’ team ran a total of 167.6kms for ShelterBox …….. not counting the training!

The results can be found at:

http://au.srichinmoyraces.org/files/dollspointhmcatres120715.pdf

The team consisted of:

Freda Tee – 10kms Female < 50

Deb Koppel – 10 kms Female 50-59

Stanley Tee – 21 kms Male < 50

Isabelle Wentworth – 42.2kms Female < 50

Darren Koppel – 42.2kms Male < 50

Tim Koppel – 42.2 kms Male 60-69

 So far the team has raised $3235, if you wish to contribute, you can donate here: 

https://sna.etapestry.com/fundraiser/ShelterBoxAustralia/Friend2Friend/team.do?participationRef=1286.0.61872155

Thanks to all those that took part and their sponsors.

Do you fancy “Running For Shelter”? there are a series of events around the country that you can enter and raise funds for ShelterBox. Just go to: https://www.gofundraise.com.au and follow the links.

Southern Highlands Community Club Together for ShelterBox

In a fantastic joint community initiative between charity , media and business over $24,000 has been raised to support much needed funds for Shelterbox.

L-R Graham Day of Radio 2ST; Richard Krohn,  Shelterbox Ambassador, Rotary Club of Berrima District; Jan Edwards, CEO BDCU-Alliance Bank; Tom Farquhar, Radio 2ST.

L-R Graham Day of Radio 2ST; Richard Krohn, Shelterbox Ambassador, Rotary Club of Berrima District;
Jan Edwards, CEO BDCU-Alliance Bank;
Tom Farquhar, Radio 2ST.

 

Berrima District Rotary Club working in partnership with BDCU Alliance Bank and the Radio 2ST team raised over $24,000 in one week to provide shelter for families devastated by natural disasters like the recent earthquake in Nepal.

 

President Allen Cuppit said “what an incredible community we live in. When Graeme Day of 2ST and Jan Edwards of BDCU Alliance Bank heard about what we were trying to achieve both immediately jumped on board to help out and the result has been incredible.”

CEO Jan Edwards said “no one can fail to be touched by the plight of these people and when we heard Graeme was running a telethon we were more than happy to help out. Our staff were so passionate about supporting this. What great people we have living here, to have raised so much money”.

Graeme Day heard about the efforts and decided to help out by encouraging people to support via his breakfast show getting people to visit a BDCU branch and donate. Initially only run for two days people have been coming in all week to donate to the worthy cause.

Graeme said “it’s an amazing how our community always pulls together and I would like to thank all those who have supported the telethon. What a difference we can all make together”.

ShelterBox Australia General Manger, Mike Greenslade said, “I’ve been blown away by the generosity of the people of the Southern Highlands. To raise nearly $25,000 in one week is some achievement and the money will help hundreds of people affected by disaster. On behalf of those people, I’d like to thank all those that donated, and the great team that organised the telethon.”

ShelterBox ShelterKits being distributed in Nepal

ShelterBox ShelterKits being distributed in Nepal

People wishing to support can still visit any BDCU Alliance Bank centre or ww.shelterboxaustralia.com.au to donate.

 

Sikh Community Support ShelterBox Through Logan Rotary

Rotarians & partners from Logan & Beenleigh setup a Shelterbox tent and display at the Temple. Note the headwear expected to be worn while visiting.

Rotarians & partners from Logan & Beenleigh setup a Shelterbox tent and display at the Temple. Note the headwear expected to be worn while visiting.

 

Courtesy of Rotarian, Dr Mukhitar Sidhu, members of the Rotary Clubs of Logan and Beenleigh (D9630), attended a very special presentation at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple on Sunday, 21 June. The group received an amazing $10,000 donation towards Shelterbox’s relief efforts in Nepal and other countries affected by natural and man-made disaster.

Accepting the donation on behalf of Shelterbox Australia, Shelterbox Ambassador, PP Tim Keeler, thanked members of the Inala Temple for their kind gift to the people of Nepal and others affected by disaster

With a display erected outside, the Sikh community welcomed the club members into the Temple to witness the presentation and then to share in a community meal.

Member of the Sikh Temple and Rotarian, Dr Mukhitar Sidhu, proudly remarked that their community numbers between 200-300 members making this a very generous gift.

Tim accepts the cheque for $10,000 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Logan & ShelterBox Australia

Tim accepts the cheque for $10,000 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Logan & ShelterBox Australia

 

In accepting the donation, PP Tim Keeler spoke about the work of Shelterbox and the similarities between Rotary’s ideal of “Service above Self” and the Sikh teaching of ‘Seva’ or selfless service.

A strong and lasting relationship has been formed between the Sikh community and Rotary. Our sincere thanks go out to the Sikh community for their generous support.

Raising Our Profile Raises Funds – ShelterBox Ambassadors At Work

John Hale, June Wade and David Brockway are part of a hard working ShelterBox team in WA

John Hale, June Wade and David Brockway are part of a hard working ShelterBox team in WA.

ShelterBox Australia relies on a network of volunteer Reps & Ambassadors to raise our profile and much-needed funds. Many of our Ambassadors are Rotarians working within a club or District structure, others are members of the public that been inspired by the work of ShelterBox. All of them give their time freely to promote our cause and increase our public profile. Many hours are spent at fairs, conferences and events displaying our impressive relief tent and the contents of our iconic Shelterbox, and talking about disaster relief.

The tent and box display always creates a lot of interest amongst supporter old and new

The tent and box display always creates a lot of interest amongst supporters old and new

The importance of these public displays cannot be underestimated. The emphasis is not on raising funds, but raising awareness. Once people are familiar with what we do, the aid we provide and how we deliver it, funds flow naturally. A case in point was the rapidity at which the public and Rotary community responded to our Typhoon Haiyan Appeal, launched in November of last year when over $1 million was donated in just over six weeks! Many of those donors who responded would have seen ShelterBox displays at events around the country and immediately thought of ShelterBox when the people of the Philippines needed us most.

One thing leads to another ……….

Often, the amount of money collected at such events is relatively small, compared to the effort put in to erecting and manning the display but that is never a measure of the event’s success. Earlier this year, our Ambassador team in Tasmania had display at the Deloraine Craft Fair. The effect of engaging with the public and telling our story can cause ripples like a stone dropped in lake. Several months after the fair, we received a donation sponsoring a whole ShelterBox from a donor in WA who had seen the display whilst on holiday in Tasmania. This week, donations were received for another 2 boxes  from the 5th grade students from The Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School in Launceston, inspired by the display at the Craft Fair…… the stone that caused the ripple!

5th graders at Scared Heart Primary held a Jelly-a-thon and a walk-a thon to raise funds for ShelterBox

5th graders at Scared Heart Primary held a Jelly-a-thon and a walk-a-thon to raise funds for ShelterBox

#GivingTuesday

Next Tuesday is the international day of giving, known as Giving Tuesday. It is chance for us to thank our Ambassadors and supporters and give credit where credit is due. To that effect we have created a “Thank You Album” on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shelterbox.australia

Giving Tuesday is also a chance for people to take a break from the Christmas shopping and think of others less fortunate than themselves. You can take part in Giving Tuesday by donating here: PLEASE DONATE

If you would like to give your time, join a great team and volunteer as ShelterBox Ambassador please click: Ambassador

Thank you.

 

 

ShelterBox And Scouts Combine To Raise Funds At Royal Perth Show

Scouts manning the Challenge Zone at the Royal Perth Show helped promote ShelterBox

Scouts manning the Challenge Zone at the Royal Perth Show helped promote ShelterBox

The wonderful ShelterBox Ambassador team in WA combined with Scouts to raise funds and awareness at the Royal Perth Show last week. The Scouts Challenge Zone encourages young people to take part in some physical activities and get involved with Scouting. At the invitation of Scouts WA, ShelterBox was again invited to have presence at the stand. ShelterBox WA Coordinator, David Brockway and his team of Ambassadors manned the display for a full 5 days.

L-R ShelterBox Australia Ambassadors, John Hale, June Wade and David Brockway are all Presidents elect for their respective Rotary Clubs

L-R ShelterBox Australia Ambassadors, John Hale, June Wade and David Brockway are all Presidents elect for their respective Rotary Clubs

 

The show offered a great opportunity to educate people about ShelterBox and disaster relief and raise some much-needed funds. With the help of a new money spinner, the group raised a fantastic $2,516.20 ….. and £1! Enough to fund 2 1/12 ShelterBoxes. Our thanks go out to all that helped and donated and to WA Chief Commissioner of Scouts, Larry Lucas for inviting us along again.

ShelterBox's money -spinner in action

ShelterBox’s money-spinner in action

 

Long-standing ShelterBox Ambassador Gordon Cargeeg with new recruit, Jan Teasdale

Long-standing ShelterBox Ambassador Gordon Cargeeg with new recruit, Jan Teasdale

ShelterBox is a Project Partner of Rotary International. Anyone wishing to place a money-spinner or collection box to raise funds for disaster relief can contact Mike at volunteer@shelterbox.org.au

 

“Wheelchairs For Madagascar” – ShelterBox Response Team Member Walks For Charity

Peter Pearce (left) at the end of his marathon walk from John O'Groats to Lands End in sunny Cornwall

Peter Pearce (right) at the end of his marathon walk from John O’Groats to Lands End in sunny Cornwall

Experienced ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member, Peter Pearce, has just completed a 1,786km walk from John O’Groats on the northern tip of Scotland to Land’s End in his native Cornwall. Peter, who lives on the Central Coast of NSW, is a veteran of 16 ShelterBox deployments and a dedicated Rotarian. It was on one of his deployments with ShelterBox, to Madagascar, that Peter became aware of the plight of the many locals crippled from birth defects. On his return to Australia, Peter decided to do all he could to help.

Working with his local Rotary Club, The Rotary Club of Gosford North, Peter set up the “Wheelchairs For Madagascar” project to help those crippled from birth in the African island nation.

Peter on his long walk south ........

Peter on his long walk south ……..

Peter’s marathon walk South took him 72 days, averaging 20 miles a day. Helped by companion walkers along the way, he was shown hospitality by fellow Rotarians, friends and strangers inspired by his efforts.

The “Wheelchairs For Madagascar” project now has a container of 224 wheelchairs ready to ship and is seeking funds to pay for the freight.

Those wishing to contribute may do so at: https://donations.rawcs.com.au/Default.aspx?ProjectID=562&ReturnTo=4

Help Syrian Children And Families With ‘Socks 4 Syria’

Our 'Odd Sox' campaign has been remodelled as 'Socks 4 Syria

Our ‘Odd Sox’ campaign has been remodelled as ‘Socks 4 Syria

 

As part of ShelterBox Australia’s appeal to provide shelter and other essential aid to more displaced Syrian families, we are inviting schools, youth groups, workplaces and clubs to take part in an exciting and unique event.
The idea is simple: Ask everyone to show their silly, odd or colourful socks for the day and bring in a donation. It’s a great way to bring people together whilst raising vitally needed funds.
You can find out more about ‘Socks 4 Syria’ and download fundraising resources at our dedicated web page:
Syrian refugee children in the Domiz camp, Iraqi Kurdistan

Syrian refugee children in the Domiz camp, Iraqi Kurdistan

5 million children are affected by the Syrian conflict and in  desperate need of help. Why not get together with your school friends, work mates or family to organise a ‘Socks 4 Syria’ day?
Find out more about how ShelterBox is helping Syrian refugee families on our website:

Thanks for your support.

World Book Day: Help Syrian Refugees 3 Years On

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON. NOVEMBER 2013. Abo's youngest sons in their ShelterBox tent that has been their home for several months since they were forced to leave Syria. (Rebecca Novell/ShelterBox)

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON. NOVEMBER 2013. Abo’s youngest sons in their ShelterBox tent that has been their home for several months since they were forced to leave Syria. (Rebecca Novell/ShelterBox)

 

‘The schools in Syria were free and right on our doorstep. Before the conflict our children could walk to school and we didn’t have to pay for stationery. Here in Lebanon our children don’t go to school as no schools accept children without payment. They have lost years from their life and have had education stolen from them.’
Abo Mohammad tells his family’s story from inside their ShelterBox tent, which they have lived in for several months since they were forced to leave war-torn Syria. It stands completely alone, desolate against the vast backdrop of the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. They have built a makeshift kitchen that’s attached to the disaster relief tent.
‘I live here with my wife and three children. We came from Damascus. We were frightened above the limits back home as bombs would be falling all around us. I remember walking in the street and a rocket would suddenly fall and hit a nearby car, killing everyone inside; or a man walking past you would suddenly be shot dead by a sniper.’
Brimming with loneliness
Abo’s wife is sitting next to him. Their three young boys are either side of them listening intently, their eyes brimming with loneliness. They are no longer afraid but now bored.
Three years have passed since the conflict began in Syria. There are over 2.5 million Syrian refugees trying to survive in neighbouring countries. Women and children make up three quarters of this figure. Like Abo’s children, the majority are unable to go to school as families cannot afford the fees. All they can do is wait and hope that one day they can return to their homes.
BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON. NOVEMBER 2013. Abo farms the land surrounding their tented settlement for money for their livelihoods. (Rebecca Novell/ShelterBox)

BEKAA VALLEY, LEBANON. NOVEMBER 2013. Abo farms the land surrounding their tented settlement for money for their livelihoods. (Rebecca Novell/ShelterBox)

 

ShelterBox is doing all it can do to help support Syrian families through its Syria Refugee Appeal.
World Book Day is on 6 March and ShelterBox is promoting its own book written and illustrated by children, ‘The Day the Bombs Fell’, with £1 from every sale going to help children and families, like Abo’s, caught up in the vast Syrian humanitarian crisis three years on.
 
‘Young people’s responses to disaster’
‘This book, the latest in our series exploring young people’s responses to disaster, is a perfect fit with the aims of World Book Day,’ said Chief Executive of ShelterBox Alison Wallace. ‘The original story by Claire White invited our young illustrators to empathise with families forced from their homes by conflict. Their response, in colourful paintings and drawings, was dynamic, compassionate and thought provoking. I am proud not only of the product, but that ShelterBox is using £1 from every copy sold to benefit Syria’s homeless.’
ShelterBox has already sent aid to support nearly 5,000 families in Syria, Iraqi Kurdistan, Lebanon and Jordan. As the third anniversary of the Syrian conflict approaches, ShelterBox is renewing its fundraising efforts to help as many families as possible, and proceeds from the book sale will add to this.
You can help
You can help bring hope to Syrian children and families too by purchasing a copy of ‘The Day the Bombs Fell’. It is available at £4 via the ShelterBox shop website, selected bookshops and Amazon.
World Book Day, on 6 March, is designated by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries.

 

 

ShelterBox Responds To Flooding In Indonesia

Photo by Kate Lamb. Children play in floodwaters in last year's floods in Jakarta, January 2013.

Photo by Kate Lamb. Children play in floodwaters in last year’s floods in Jakarta, January 2013.

 

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is travelling to Indonesia tomorrow to assess the shelter needs of the tens of thousands of people displaced by monsoon rains that have caused flooding in the capital Jakarta as well as landslides in North Sulawesi province.
More than 30,000 people have been forced to evacuate their homes in Jakarta, leaving their homes, possessions and livelihoods as the capital becomes more and more inundated from heavy rains.
As floodwaters have reached three metres in some districts, Indonesian soldiers have arrived to help residents in the sprawling city of 10 million people.  Families can be seen wading through shoulder deep floodwaters to seek safety in temporary shelters, including schools and mosques.
The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (NDMA) said the floods have already caused about US$80 million in damage.
There are now further reports of heavy rains hitting other parts of the archipelago, including North Sulawesi province where flash floods have taken lives and left tens of thousands more homeless, according to the NDMA.
Power is down in most parts of the region and communication lines are disrupted. SRT member Jamie Adams will be joining Vensentius Dwijatmoko, an SRT member from Indonesia, to carry out needs assessments in the most affected areas. Vensentius’s local knowledge and language will be an asset to ShelterBox’s disaster relief work there.
 
‘I can only imagine how bad it will be.’
‘I’m making final arrangements now at home for my deployment tomorrow to Indonesia in response to the flooding and landslides,’ said Jamie. ‘I can only imagine how bad it will be. Information is still coming in on where the most affected areas are and there is a Response Team member already in the area. I am really confident that ShelterBox will be able to make a difference.’
Further heavy rains are forecast for the coming days, potentially worsening floods and already bad living conditions.

 

Golden Valley Concert Raises Funds For The Philippines

Yesterday’s fundraising concert in Golden Valley, near Launceston, Tasmania was hailed a great success by ShelterBox District Rep, Bill Dobson. The concert Featured three popular Meander Valley opera singers, the ‘3 Divas’, who performed in the beautiful country gardens of Dr Peter Talbot and his wife Dr Lois Beckwith to raise money for the Philippines.

The weather didn't damped the spirits at the Golden Valley, Philippines fundraiser on Sunday.

The weather didn’t damped the spirits at the Golden Valley, Philippines fundraiser on Sunday.

 

Bill said, “As beneficiary of the fundraiser, ShelterBox were invited to set up a display and provide information to the concert-goers. Fellow ShelterBox Reps, Ian & Sue Routley and I manned the tent display and had great interest from the public. All thanks must go to Drs Lois and Peter for providing the beautiful setting and to the performers for donating their talents. We hope to have raised enough money to sponsor 2 ShelterBoxes”

ShelterBox Reps explain the disaster relief concept to concert-goers in Golden Vally

ShelterBox Reps explain the disaster relief concept to concert-goers in Golden Vally

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