ShelterBox Gets Ministerial Approval at RC of Matilda Bay Craft Fair

Foreign Minister The Hon Julie Bishop with ShelterBox District Reps. Michael Reeves & Jackie Bullock

Foreign Minister, The Hon Julie Bishop with ShelterBox District Reps. Michael Reeves & Jackie Bullock at the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay Annual Craft Fair


The Rotary Club of Matilda Bay have held their annual Craft Fair for 19 years and has up to 250 stalls selling crafts, etc. All proceeds go to Rotary Projects for the next year including ShelterBox, local projects and international ones.  All the Club members are involved on the day as well as Rotary Exchange students.

For several years the fair was held at Kitchener Park but had to be moved to University of Western Australia a few years ago, with support from the University and the City of Subiaco.  Unicamp for Kids help the Rotary Club with getting stall-holders in and out of the fair and of course helping set up the Shelterbox display. In return, the Club donates to the Unicamp cause. Unicamp for Kids then put the money towards camps during the year for disadvantaged children, referred to them by Schools and Social workers.


The Hon Julie Bishop MP inside a ShelterBox relief tent.

The Hon Julie Bishop MP inside a ShelterBox relief tent.


The Hon Julie Bishop MP officially opened the event and spoke at length about Rotary and the good it is doing in the world. Polio eradication and ShelterBox received special mention.

Later in the day accompanied by the Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA, she visited the Rotary promotion stall and spent a good length of time at the ShelterBox display.


Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA with Foreign Minister, Hon Julie Bishop

Hon Bill Marmion BE MBA MLA with Foreign Minister, Hon Julie Bishop


For ShelterBox the day was a great success with the promise of 3 boxes, monies donated on the day and of course the exposure of ShelterBox to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and the local Minister for Mines, Petroleum and Housing. Both where considerably impressed with ShelterBox and asked many questions.

A special thank you to the Rotary Club of Matilda Bay for its ongoing support for ShelterBox


Young Max Steps Up For ShelterBox

Max Lathwell, from Gosnells in Perth, was only 11 when he became aware of Shelterbox earlier this year. Max was taking part in the “Dare To Lead” project run by WA’s Primary Education Challenge Programme (PEAC) and luckily for us, he chose ShelterBox as the beneficiary of his work. Inspired by recent events in the news, like the floods in Bundaberg and the bush fires in Tasmania, Max put his caring nature to great use. The story is perhaps best told in Max’s words, as shown in his brilliant report.

Max's final artwork for his ShelterBox project

Max’s final artwork for his ShelterBox project


“I chose to raise money for Shelter Box Australia as my dare to lead project after seeing a display at The Duck Race in Mandurah.

The decision to support SBA has become passionate to me because of how it helps give families their dignity after they have been affected by disaster.

I had to come up with ways to raise money???  So I first emailed Mrs June Wade who had the contents of the Shelter Box on display at The Duck Race and is a Shelter Box District Representative. I needed to find out what I was allowed to use with the SBA logo. The reply was good and I printed some posters to help me explain to family and friends what I wanted to raise money for.

I planned to raise enough money for one Shelter Box, but I was hoping for two.  So I started by making donation tins.  I also enlisted help from my parents [as I am not allowed to door knock] to tell their work mates about my project and hopefully they would put their hands in their pockets.

I also got my friends involved to do the same thing. My sister, Georgie put some of her savings in the tin.

Then I emailed Mr Ken Wyatt, our local MP, and asked if there was anything the shire could help with.

Then it was time to ask my school to help. We decided to have a Free Dress Day for a gold coin donation. I designed posters, had them printed and put them up around the school, also had one put in the School Newsletter. Now the planning was done it was time to start counting.

My school had a call from Mr Wyatt saying he wanted to meet me and hear my ideas. He came to school and presented me with a cheque for $100 Plus $10 from himself. I was very nervous.

Then the money started rolling in. The free dress day was a success raising $372.75, the tins raised a total of $1507.50 and with the chq I have a total of $1980.25.  I have put money in to make it up to $2000 and my goal is reached. This will be donated and will buy two Shelter Boxes.

Each Shelter Box is numbered and can be followed to where it is needed. I am looking forward to knowing where the Boxes will end up and for the family to have a little help in their time of need.”

Max’s efforts are such an inspiration that he’s been invited to meet the West Australian Governor at Government House on 17th October.

I’m sure you’ll all join me in congratulating Max on his efforts. There will be two families somewhere in the world that will receive the gift of Shelter.Warmth & Dignity because of what this young man has achieved. THANK YOU MAX!

Syria Refugee Appeal image courtesy of Aram Karim/Metrography

Syria Refugee Appeal image courtesy of Aram Karim/Metrography



ShelterBox Showcased at Logan Arts Festival

A ShelterBox display at the recent Logan Arts Festival in Queensland attracted a lot of attention and interest. There to answer questions from the public were, ShelterBox Director, Greville Easte, Rotary District 9630 ShelterBox Rep, Tony Macklin and new Ambassador, Tim Keeler.

The festival focused on the themes of “community” and “peace”, two subjects close to the heart of ShelterBox.

Mother and child, Port au Prince, Haiti

Mother and child, Port au Prince, Haiti ©MikeGreenslade/ShelterBox

You can watch the coverage by NTD News in the clip below


Are You Prepared To Go The Distance For ShelterBox?

Calling all runners! Fun-Runners, marathon runners and anyone else mad enough to run anywhere when they don’t have to!

Are you planning to take part in running event? It may be your local half-marathon it could be the City to Surf. Why not do it for a good cause and raise money for ShelterBox? Your efforts will help provide Shelter, Warmth & Dignity to families that have lost their homes to disaster.

ShelterBox Response Team member and Rotarian, Peter Pearce with his specially adapted ShelterBox

ShelterBox Response Team member and Rotarian, Peter Pearce with his specially adapted ShelterBox

For those that want to up the ante, why not complete the run with a ShelterBox on your back? ShelterBox Response Team member and Rotarian, Peter Pearce completed the London marathon last year doing just that. As well as raising the profile of ShelterBox, Peter managed to collect money enough to sponsor 2 Shelterboxes in memorandum of Lincoln Hall, the late Patron of ShelterBox Australia.

For more information on running for ShelterBox and help with your fundraising please contact

ShelterBox Australia Newsletter – March Round-up

The month of March saw the passing of two important milestones for ShelterBox. First was the one year anniversary of our historic Project Patnership with Rotary International. Rotary is an invaluable supporter of ShelterBox worldwide, providing much needed funding and essential help on the ground (as seen in recent deployments in Jordan and The Philippines and Russia). You can see more about the Project Partnership in the Youtube clip below.
March also saw the second anniversary of the Syrian Civil War. What started as a peaceful protest for democracy, descended into a bloody, protracted conflict, destroying over 2.6 million homes and forcing millions to flee to neighbouring countries. Shelterbox has been working in Iraq/Kurdistan, Jordan and Lebanon and continues to explore avenues to help those most in need. Your continued support allows us to respond quickly to disasters both natural and man-made.
This month’s quote comes from Henry Ford, “Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Staying together is success.”
Thanks for helping those families most in need.
Mike Greenslade SRT
Director/Communications Officer
ShelterBox Australia
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Cyclone Haruna caused extensive flooding in South West Madagascar in late February. An all-Australian ShelterBox Response Team, consisting of Peter Pearce and Anthony Keating flew to the disaster-prone African isle to assist those affected. Using stock pre-positioned in the capital, Antananarivo the team were able to respond quickly and distribute 130 boxes. Read more here:MADAGASCAR
As the civil war in Syria passed it’s 2-year mark, the number of refugees registered with the UNHCR passed 1 million, with the real number of refugees likely to be twice that number. ShelterBox has been working in several areas to help those most in need. In Lebanon, SRTs (working through a network of 27 implimenting partners) have distributed 700 winterised boxes. 584 insulated tents have now been erected and are housing homeless Syrian families. A further 35 boxes have been distributed inJordan. ShelterBox continues to explore avenues to help more people. View a recent interview with ShelterBox on Channel 10 Late News here: 10 NEWS
The devastation caused by Typhoon Bopha was so great that finding space to erect relief tents was a huge problem for a succession of ShelterBox Response Teams. Continued bad weather also hampered relief efforts. Working with local Rotarians and in-country SRTs, ShelterBox has now managed to distribute 354 boxes and 760 tents. Distribution continues through Plan International and HelpAge.
 MYANMAR – Conflict
The Kachin conflict is one of multiple conflicts collectively referred to as the Burmese Civil War. Fighting between the Kachin Independence Army and Myanmar Army restarted in June 2011 after a 17-year-old ceasefire broke down, and continued throughout 2012. The recent conflict has resulted in the deaths of thousands of people and displaced an estimated 80,000. With the rainy season set to begin in May the situation for internally displaced persons (IDPs) could deteriorate. Due to the high security situation, ShelterBox is working with ACTED who will distribute ShelterBoxes to IDPs in Kachin State on ShelterBox’s behalf. The SRT has trained ACTED’s workers in setting up the tents.
The Rotary Club of Darling Harbour held their annual ShelterBox Expo in Sydney’s Martin Place on 15th March. A great shopfront for ShelterBox, the event raised enough to sponsor 3 Boxes
ShelterBox had a stand at Byron Bay Bluesfest for the second year running. The stall had hundreds of visitors over the 5 day festival, learning about disaster relief, donating money and charging their phones! Bluesfest 2013 has now raised enough to sponsor it’s very own ShelterBox
Hard-working District Reps, Ian Routley and Bill Dobson were out again at the beginning of March promoting ShelterBox at the Longford Harvest Festival. There was great interest following our recent deployment to Tasmania and in the upcoming ShelterBox Challenge
Have you held a successful fundraising event or are you planning one? Please send me the details for inclusion in the newsletter and promotion on the Blog at:

Are You Up For The Challenge in Tasmania?

Launceston's Cataract Gorge provides a stunning backdrop for the launch of ShelterBox Challenge Tasmania

Launceston’s Cataract Gorge provides a stunning backdrop for the launch of ShelterBox Challenge Tasmania


The Rotary Club of Launceston, Tasmania, is hosting Australia’s first ShelterBox Challenge in aid of the disaster relief charity. The event will take place on 27th April 2013 and will take in some of the regions most spectacular scenery, including the Cataract Gorge, the Trevallyn Nature Reserve and parts of Launceston City Centre. Based on the successful ShelterBox Dartmoor Challenge held in the UK and the Amsterdam Challenge in the Netherlands, teams of four are to negotiate the course carrying an iconic green ShelterBox, competing against the clock.

Competitors in the Dartmoor Challenge, held annually in the UK

Competitors in the Dartmoor Challenge, held annually in the UK


ShelterBox, a Project Partner of Rotary International, provides emergency shelter and life-saving supplies to families who have lost everything to disasters, both natural and manmade. The cornerstone of their aid package is their disaster relief tent, large enough to accommodate en extended family and tough enough to withstand the harshest of conditions. Also contained in the box is, water purification and cooking equipment; a stove; blankets and groundsheets; a tool kit; solar light and children’s activity pack. Mosquito nets and fleece hat/scarf/glove sets are sent as required. Since it’s formation in 2000, ShelterBox has responded to over 200 disasters in 90+ countries, helping well over one million people.

ShelterBox recently helped families who had lost their homes in the bush fires that swept through SE Tasmania

ShelterBox recently helped families who had lost their homes in the bush fires that swept through SE Tasmania


Rotarians and ShelterBox Ambassadors, Ian Routley and Bill Dobson have been busy with volunteers from their club planning the event and are looking for teams to register. Mr Dobson said, “The aim of this event is not only to raise funds for further boxes but also to raise awareness of ShelterBox in the greater community and the involvement of Rotary Clubs at a local, national and international level.’ Registration is $500 per team with teams encouraged to seek sponsorship and raise funds by way of donations. ‘The event promises to be great fun, in aid of a great cause”


To register for the event please email Bill Dobson:

Places are limited, so get you registration in early. Interstate teams are encouraged to enter.


For more information on ShelterBox visit:

International Students Inspire Kings Meadows High School, Tasmania

District 9830 Ambassadors, Ian Routely and Bill Dobson with Jolie Kaloko and Saleh Kasinguvu from Kings Meadow High School

Here’s an inspirational ShelterBox story from our Representatives in Tasmania.

Kings Meadow High School students, Saleh Kasinguvu and Jolie Kaloko have both experienced the benefits of living in a ShelterBox tent, in a refugee camp in Africa. This inspired their classmates to support the leading international disaster relief charity, that provides shelter to those displaced by man-made or natural disasters.

Jolie’s family escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo, travelling to Tanzania where she was born in a refugee camp.

Saleh first became aware of ShelterBox at the Kakuma Refugee Camp in Kenya. Saleh said, “ShelterBox not only helped my parents, but also my grandparents and gave the children books”.

ShelterBox Tasmania Representative, Rotarian Bill Dobson was delighted that from having a display at Harmony Day held earlier in the year at UTAS, that Kings Meadows High School requested that a ShelterBox be erected for an information/awareness day.

This resulted in Saleh and Jolie talking of their personal knowledge of the benefits of receiving this form of shelter.  Saleh still has a photograph of the tent they lived in Kenya.

Grade 7 of Kings Meadow HIgh raised a fantastic $1,080.00 to support ShelterBox, enough to fund another box. Well done and thanks to all involved 

Choirs & Ukes Combine to Raise Funds for ShelterBox

Poster for fundraising concert in Alstonville on 1st December

Poster for fundraising concert in Alstonville on 1st December

If you’re in the Northern Rivers next weekend why not come along and listen to some awesome sing and be entertained by a variety of Choirs and musicians who are gathering to raise money for ShelterBox? It promises to be a great evening and if the last concert is anything to go by, it’s one not to be missed!

Contact Mike on 0459 959 501

ShelterBox Turns Heads at Mulwala

ShelterBox was an active participant at Southern Region’s Rotary Australia World Community Service Annual Meeting and Conference on 13th & 14th October.  The weekend was hosted by the International Service Committee of Rotary District 9790 and the Rotary Club of Yarrawonga – Mulwala, at Club Mulwala. Rotarians from six Rotary Districts participated.

9790 District Rep, Alan Jones, organised the ShelterBox display and also spoke about ShelterBox at the conference. Alan said,

“The display was in the foyer of Club Mulwala so everyone who entered the club had to walk right past it. The gigantic tent, box and display screens certainly attracted a lot of attention. There was considerable interest not just from the Rotarians at the conference, but also from patrons at the club.  There were a number of spontaneous offers of help with fundraising and many people wanting to know more about what we do. It certainly proved the effectiveness of being out in the community.”

9790 District Governor John Gatt (one of our strong supporters) assists Shelter Box District Rep Alan Jones in erecting the Shelter Box display.

9790 District Governor John Gatt (one of our strong supporters) assists Shelter Box District Rep Alan Jones in erecting the Shelter Box display.


All Saints College Cook up a Storm For ShelterBox

When All Saints College, Bull Creek, WA held a “Pasar Malam” or night market in their grounds, the local ShelterBox team were invited to attend. The team erected a relief tent and set up a box display that attracted much attention.

ShelterBox Ambassador, June Wade, from the Rotary Club of South Perth-Berswood said,

“One of the people who visited the ShelterBox was the Head of the Senior School, Mr Steve Young, he was impressed with the concept of ShelterBox and put the idea forward to raise money for a ShelterBox to his students.  They had a sausage sizzle which raised some money and then had the idea of a Cake Bake.  Mums, Grandmothers, Aunts and friends did the baking and they had so many cakes and biscuits that they were able to sell them to the rest of the school during morning and afternoon recess and lunch time.  There was great enthusiasm and when one of the students was sick his Mum still drove to school to drop off the cakes she had baked.  The funds raised were topped up with the gold coin donations raised by the Parents and Friends Society.   A great team effort.”

A great team effort indeed, as the school raised a whopping $2254.55 to help families who have lost everything to disaster. Thank you All Saints and all who supported them.

PP June Wade, District 9465 ShelterBox Representative,Rotary Club of South Perth-Burswood accepted a cheque for $2254.55 from House Captains James Lewisson and Laura Kieley and Mr Steve Young.

PP June Wade, District 9465 ShelterBox Representative,Rotary Club of South Perth-Burswood accepted a cheque for $2254.55 from House Captains James Lewisson and Laura Kieley and Mr Steve Young.

Please contact Greville Easte if your school would like to learn more about our work and help raise funds for ShelterBox: