ShelterBox Australia Newsletter (June 2012)

Welcome our monthly eNewsletter for Shelterbox Australia.

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As one Rotary and financial year ends, a new one begins and I’d like to take this chance to thank all our supporters for their generosity and support over the past 12 months. In the coming 12,  we’ll need to do it all again so that we can help those affected by disasters around the world. Your donations will soon be benefiting the needy in South Sudan and Uganda and anywhere else they are required.

Last month’s signing of an agreement with the United Nations Humanitarian response Depot (UNHRD) along with our long-standing agreements with DHL and Rotary clubs around the world has meant that we now have 9,000 boxes pre-postioned around the globe. This greatly enhances our ability to respond quickly to disasters wherever they may occur.

This month’s quote comes Miguel de Cervates “To be prepared is half the victory”

 Deployments

   SUDAN – Conflict

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) travelled to South Sudan on 29 June to discuss the distribution of emergency shelter with other aid agencies, in response to continuing conflict in the African country. SRT members Tom Lay (UK) and Tom Dingwall (UK) will be meeting with the United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) and Agency for Technical Cooperation and Development (ACTED) to coordinate a tent distribution plan. Read more here: SUDAN

  UGANDA – Mudslides

Up to 400,000 people may require emergency shelter in Uganda’s mountainous east due to continuing heavy rains and mudslides that could force them to flee their homes. A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) is en route to assess the situation. SRT members David Webber (UK) and Fiona McElroy (UK) will be travelling to the African country to meet with local officials and other aid agencies to assess the need for humanitarian aid.
Mudslides are frequent in eastern Uganda. ShelterBox deployed to Uganda in March 2010, where 200 ShelterBoxes were delivered to mudslide survivors. Read more here: UGANDA

 ITALY – Earthquake
Relief operations have come to an end in Italy. The SRT worked collaboratively with volunteers from ShelterBox Italy Center affiliate, Rotaractors from Modena, Mirandola, Carpi and Bologna, and the national Civil Protection agency to assess the need and distribute the much-needed tents.Shelter, warmth and dignity has been brought to over one hundred displaced families with a total of 128 disaster relief tents distributed to those most in need in the towns of Medolla, Concordia, Cavezzo and San Felice. Read the full report here: ITALY

Fundraising
  Noosa Display
The combined Rotary Clubs of Noosa recently held a ShelterBox display at the Civic Noosa Shopping Centre. The Noosa clubs have been longtime supporters of ShelterBox and displays like this not only raise much needed funds for disater relief but help raise the profile of both ShelterBox and Rotary.
  Redcliff City Rotary
It’s changeover time for Rotary Clubs around the country and Redcliff City Rotary Club was just one of the many to donate to ShelterBox as RI’s recognised Partner for disaster relief. Here, SBA Ambassador, Brian Springer receives a cheque for $5000 on behalf of ShelterBox Australia. A big thank you to all those clubs for their continued support and well done to our hard-working Ambassadors.
  Social Media Day
30th June was Social Media Day and Shelterbox celebrated by highlighting some of the pwerful ways social media can be used to spread our message. ShelterBox USA recently ran a campaign to gain more followers on Facebook and Twitter and were sponsored by Lumber Liquidators to the tune of a dollar per new like of friend. $5,000 later and ShelterBox USA had rapidly increased it’s reach on social media. Here in Australia, our very own Lara Marks-Nash’s web-based postcard fundraiser was featured too. Bringing together the best of new and old media (i.e. blogs, facebook and good old-fashioned postcards), Lara’s efforts were held as example of how social media can have a global reach and both raise funds and garner new support for ShelterBox.
If you haven’t already done so please check out Lara’s site at http://letterboxshelterbox.wordpress.com and use your social media outlets to spread the word, share it, like it, forward it to a friend!
  Facebook Page  
Whilst we’re on the subject of social media, have you checked out our new Facebook pageDo you know somone who might be willing to sponsor a campaign similar that in the USA?
Remember that to use use social media effectively it’s important to “share” information with your network. This will be especially important when we launch a major appeal
Have you held a sucessful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please sendme the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at:
mike.greenslade@shelterbox.org.au

ShelterBox Australia Newsletter (May 2012)

Welcome our monthly Newsletter for Shelterbox Australia.
Regular blog readers will be up to date with most of the news below but by posting the newsletter here, it provides a page that can be linked to Rotary Club websites and can be shared on social media.
                May has seen operations in the Congo and Peru come to end, with hundreds of homeless families provided with Shelter, Warmth and Dignity thanks to ShelterBox and our wonderful supporters. We’ve also seen a quick response to the earthquakes in Northern Italy and another important agreement signed by ShelterBox International. Following on from last months historic Partnership agreement with Rotary international, ShelterBox has now joined the United Nations Humanitarian Response Depot (UNHRD) which warehouses disater relief goods across 5 continents.
This move enhances our abilty to respond quickly on a global basis and secures our position in the international aid community. (read more here: UNHRD).
Ambassadors will shortly receive a printable one page version of the newsletter and summary of the recent Board meeting.
This month’s quote comes Ronald Reagan (surprisingly) “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone”
Thanks for your support
Mike
Mike Greenslade SRT
Communications Officer
ShelterBox Australia
 Deployments
   ITALY – Earthquake
When a 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck the Emilia Romagna region of northern Italy on 20th May a ShelterBox Response Team was on the road within hours, driving the 4000kms from the UK to meet up with representative from our Italian affiliate. 15 tents were distributed to families that had lost their homes. The area around Modena was further afffected by a 5.8 quake that struck on the 29th, killing 15 and collapsing more buildings. ShelterBox stands ready to act should further help be needed.
   PERU – Mudslides & Floods
ShelterBox relief operations have come to a close in Peru, with a total of 409 boxes distributed in the Lima and Abancay regions. Multiple teams were deployed to the area, working with Rotary, Scout groups and local government agencies. President of Shelterbox USA, Emily Sperling described the joy that greeted the team as families began to move into their new homes: ‘Our team was overwhelmed with emotion when the villagers spontaneously cheered and then approached us one by one to hug us and give thanks. That’s a moment that I’ll cherish for a lifetime.’
You can read more here: PERU

  CONGO – Explosion
The Minister of Social Affairs, Humanitarian Action and Solidarity in the Republic of Congo, Madame Raoul, has praised ShelterBox for its actions in the country following the industrial accident on 4th March, “In the name of the Congolese government I would personally like to thank you and praise ShelterBox for its work to help our community. I am delighted at the capability of the ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members to operate swiftly and with dedication in helping the people of Brazzaville.” A total of 615 boxes were distributed to families in need (a total of 954 tents).
Read more here:CONGO

Fundraising

   PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS
Longstanding ShelterBox Ambassadors Lorraine & Peter Croft were honoured with a Paul Harris Fellowship, awarded by RI President, Kalyan Banerjee for their fundraising work. The Dubbo-based couple have helped raise over $50,000 for ShelterBox! Congratulations and thank you Lorraine & Peter. Read more here: CROFT
   TRIVIA NIGHT
The Rotaract Club of Como Jannali are holding a Charity Trivia Night at the  Gunnamatta Pavillion, Cronulla on Saturday 2nd June 2012 raising funds for ShelterBox & Sutherland Rainbow Club. Tickets are selling fast for what promises to be a great night, if you’re in the Cronulla area you can book yours online at www.comojannalirotaract.org

   LETTERBOXES TO SHELTERBOXES
Lara’s postacrd oddessey continues and has passed it’s first fundraising milestone, funding her first ShelterBox. Lara, pictured here with none other than our very own Lorraine & Peter Croft in Dubbo, is presently in Newcastle and will head North soon. Visit her website and order your postcard here:
Have you held a sucessful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please sendme the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at: