Raising funds in Burra – one bite at a time!

Young scout Trystan Readman made a promise way back in February to raise enough money to house a family in need of shelter after a disaster – Trystan achieved that goal and more as part of his Promise Badge as part the 1st Burra Scout Group in Burra NSW.

‘When Trystan approached ShelterBox, and said he wanted to fundraise for ShelterBox we were immediately impressed by his passion and his determination. We’ve been watching his endeavours with great interest over the last few months and have all been amazed by his effort said Paul Roger, ShelterBox Ambassador from Jerrabomberra.

Trystan’s initial goal was to free the world from hunger but this admirable goal was scaled back a little to provide a home to at least one family affected by disaster. ShelterBox was chosen to support as a leading international disaster relief organisation that provides emergency shelter to families devastated by floods, landslides and disaster.

Trystan was determined that he could raise $1000 to buy a ShelterBox and decided to raise funds by baking cupcakes, fudge (his favourite), protein balls, and chocolate chip cookies. With the help of his sister Meisha, they baked their way to raising over $1200 in total from selling their baked goodies at $1 each.

“The cookies were a massive hit at my workplace and there was much anticipation each week by my colleagues.’ said his mum Elvira Readman.

Trystan with ShelterBox Ambassador, Paul Roger

Trystan’s recipe is a closely guarded secret but one that has brought much joy to his customers and soon to a family in need. ‘Trystan is a classic example of one person making a huge difference’ said ShelterBox CEO Mike Greenslade. ‘We are indebted to all our fundraisers across Australia that build community service into their busy schedules just like Trystan has done’.

After selling 1000 cookies Trystan realised his goal of raising $1000 for a full ShelterBox and with a morning tea at his mum’s workplace, Paul Roger gave a presentation on the real impact that Trystan’s money will have on families. ‘This huge effort by Trystan will make a lifelong difference to a family who has lost everything. By providing a home to someone who has absolutely nothing is the greatest gift in such a terrible time. We are all very grateful to Trystan and his customers’.

There’s no stopping Trystan – his next goal is to raise enough money for a ShelterKit!

Diane and baby Yokimi in front of their ShelterBox tent.

You can make a real difference to those affected by disaster!

Do you have a great fundraising idea? Do you want to help families affected by disaster and crisis? Start your won fundraising page here: https://nfp.everydayhero.com/au/shelterbox-australia

Laen’s ShelterBox bike ride raises over $1,000!

 

Laen with sponsor, Mike Latimer from Transition Cycles in Ballina, NSW

Laen with sponsor, Mike Latimer from Transition Cycles in Ballina, NSW

When 12-year old Laen Wilkin learned about the work of ShelterBox during a presentation at his local school, the Alstonville Primary student decided that he wanted to do something to help those affected by disaster and humanitarian crisis.

With the help of his mum Nell, he was soon planning a bike ride from nearby Ballina to Byron, towing one of the charity’s iconic green ShelterBoxes. In addition to raising money on his personalised fundraising page, Laen planned to stop off along the way a deliver presentations on ShelterBox to other primary schools along the way. The ride was to take place over three days, with Laen camping out at night, sleeping in a ShelterBox disaster relief tent and utilising the contents of a box to fetch water, cook and keep warm.

Come 1st August, Laen was all set and headed off from Transition Cycles in Ballina to speak to the children at Ballina Public School before riding to his first camp site at Flat Rock Tent Park.

Laen at Flat Rock Tent Park

Over the next day, Laen rode to Lennox Head, where he spoke at the local public school and received a boost to his fundraising when the staff at the Kiosk café and the Lennox Gelato & Coffee Co donated their tip jars! Then it was on the Byron Bay for another presentation at Byron Public School, before culminating his ride at Cape Byron’s iconic Lighthouse.

 

Lean at the iconic Cape Byron Lighthouse, at the completion of his ride

Laen said, ‘I created and completed my fundraiser because I thought it was the right thing to do’.

Laen received great support from his family along the way, his mum, Nell said, the experience ‘strengthened Laen’s independence, awareness and communication in how to practically create change for the better for all people in times of need. Determination, self-belief and compassion to support others are qualities I’ve been lucky to see Laen express during his ShelterBox journey

I think we can all admire the efforts of this impressive young man, determined to make a difference. Well done Laen!

Start your own fundraiser here: Fundraise For Disaster Relief

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Laen would like to thank the following for their support: Transition Cycles (Ballina), Just Ride Cycles (Lismore), Northern Rivers Family Garden, Flat Rock Tent Park, The Kiosk (Lennox Head), Lennox Gelato & Coffee Co, North Coast Holiday Park (Lennox Head), Byron Holiday Park, Ballina Advocate, Northern Star

Give The Gift Of Shelter This Christmas

This Christmas, families around the world will find themselves homeless and in desperate need of help. Whether they have lost their homes to a natural disaster, like the victims of Hurricane Matthew in Haiti or have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, like the millions fleeing the violence in Syria and Iraq, their needs are quite simple: Shelter, Warmth & Dignity.

Make a donation to the ‘ShelterBox Solution’ as a gift for a loved one and receive this special card to give in lieu of your present.

All you have to do is make a donation of $50 or more by clicking the button below and email us at sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au to notify us that this is a Christmas gift and we’ll send the card out to you. The cut-off date to receive your card in time for Christmas is 15th December.

The ‘ShelterBox Solution’ is our flexible disaster relief fund, allowing us to respond more accurately to beneficiary needs. This might be in the form of a Shelter Kit, relief tent, SchoolBox, or a wide variety of non-food items, like water filters, mosquito nets and solar lights.


Shelter Kits kits provide families with to the tools to build their own shelter or repair a damaged home. Increasingly governments are wanting families affected by disaster to be part of their own recovery, building back better and stronger homes and more resilient communities.

Of course there will always be a place for ShelterBoxes, especially where families have lost everything. To sponsor a box costs $1,000 and if you do so as a gift for a loved one you’ll receive this special card.

Donate here to sponsor a box and give a gift that really makes a difference.

Thank you for your support and Merry Christmas from all of us at ShelterBox Australia.

Other ways to donate:
Phone: 1300 996 038
Post a cheque to: ShelterBox Australia, PO Box 254, Parramatta, NSW, 2124
EFT or direct deposit:  Westpac, ShelterBox Australia, BSB 032 189, account # 230 147. Please make sure you email sbaoffice@shelterbox.org.au to notify us of you donation and that it is Christmas Gift.

‘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.

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.

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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ShelterBox visits Hobart’s Salamanca Markets

ShelterBox's first display at Hobart's famous Salamanca Markets drew great interest.

ShelterBox’s first display at Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets drew great interest.

 

Tasmanian ShelterBox Reps and Ambassadors were busy over the weekend, manning our first display at Hobart’s famous Salamanca Markets. The display, complete with relief tent and box contents, drew great interest from the public. The ShelterBox Australia team (comprising District Reps, Bill Dobson & Ian Routley and SBA Ambassador, Art Shrimpton) worked hard, engaging with the public and distributing information.

Bill said, “we talked to about 500 people between us and a good many of them already had some knowledge of ShelterBox. One American lady from WA had family in Ohio that had sponsored 10 ShelterBoxes but this was the first time she’d seen one ‘in the flesh’. There was great interest in setting up school projects from interstate visitors too.”

ShelterBox is currently busy helping disaster victims in the Philippines and Lebanon and monitoring developing situations in Tonga, Brazil and Central African Republic. If you would like to organise a guest speaker or initiate a school project such as our Socks 4 Syria campaign, please contact: volunteer@shelterbox.org.au

 

Salamanca Market's are a Hobart institution

Salamanca Market’s are a Hobart institution

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The ShelterBox Team talked to over 500 people about our disaster relief work.

 

Give A Special Box This Christmas

Brazil box no. 1, Camp Brazilia Uno, Uniao Dos PalmaresThis Christmas, families around the world will find themselves homeless and in desperate need of help. Whether they have lost their homes to a natural disaster, like the victims of the Super Typhoon in the Philippines or have been forced to leave their homes because of conflict, like the millions fleeing the violence in Syria, their needs are quite simple: Shelter, Warmth & Dignity.

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.

For a gift of $1,000 you will be providing an extended family with a family sized relief tent, blankets and ground sheets, water purification and storage equipment, a stove and cooking equipment, a tool kit, solar lights, a children’s activity pack and, where appropriate, mosquito nets or thermal hats/gloves/scarves. Life-changing, life-sustaining equipment.

In return you will receive a custom designed Christmas card to give in lieu of this very special present.

Sponsor a box as a gift this Christmas and receive this custom-designed card. The card is blank on the inside with a clear explanation of what it represents on the back.

Sponsor a box as a gift this Christmas and receive this custom-designed card. The card is blank on the inside with a clear explanation of what it represents on the back.

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.

Thank you for your support and have very Merry Christmas

(Please note, no box number will be issued for the Philippines of Syria appeals, your box or equivalent aid will be sent to those destinations. In the unlikely event that these appeals exceed the need, excess donations will be transferred to ShelterBox Trust Unrestricted Funds. It is therefore recommend that you specify donations to our Relief Fund to ensure you get a box number and help us respond to future disasters)