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

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

 

Australian SRT Member Reports From Flood-Hit Niger

Saidou Issa (right) with his wife and 2-month-old baby. They lost their home in the floods, Niamey region, Niger, September 2013.

Saidou Issa (right) with his wife and 2-month-old baby. They lost their home in the floods, Niamey region, Niger, September 2013.

 

‘In an emergency situation, I’ve realised how every moment we don’t act, every day that we wait for tents to arrive, is another day that people are left without shelter.’
 
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Lodovicia Tranchini (IT) is on her first deployment in Niger. She has been part of the first SRT who has been assessing the need for emergency shelter and other vital aid, following widespread flash flooding across the African country.
‘I’ve heard some really good things from in-country partner organisations we worked with here last year and they all commend ShelterBox for its efficiency and speed in getting the aid in to the country time and time again.’
The SRT has been working with International Organization for Migration (IOM) and visited some schools where thousands of families have been taking refuge. However, rooms are overcrowded and school is due to start at the beginning of October.
Makeshift shelters built amongst the remains of homes leftover by the floodwaters, Niamey region, Niger, September 2013.

Makeshift shelters built amongst the remains of homes leftover by the floodwaters, Niamey region, Niger, September 2013.

 

33-year-old Saidou Issa is one of the families living in cramped conditions in a classroom. He is with his wife and three children, the youngest being just two months old. Their house was completely destroyed by the floodwaters.
‘No warning’
‘The water came up very quickly,’ Saidou told the SRT. ‘Within two hours it was up to our waists and we had to evacuate. The water pulled down all of our houses; they all disappeared underwater and we had no warning.’
Saidou is one example of the 1,000 families currently living across several schools in need of shelter. When school resumes, they need to move out to avoid disrupting education.
‘ShelterBox tents arriving tonight’
‘Without a ShelterBox tent they would be sleeping outside,’ said SRT member Peter Pearce (AU). ‘We have ShelterBox disaster relief tents arriving tonight and we will begin distributions tomorrow.’
‘While we have been waiting for the tents to arrive we have been training teams of people who will help us set up the tents over the next few days,’ added Lodovicia. ‘So as soon as the tents get here we can hit the ground running and start giving shelter to thousands of families in need.’
SRT members, Lodovicia Tranchini (IT) & Peter Pearce (AU) train local scouts how to erect ShelterBox relief tents.

SRT members, Lodovicia Tranchini (IT) & Peter Pearce (AU) train local scouts how to erect ShelterBox relief tents.

 

 

World Humanitarian Day 2013: Thank you

ShelterBox tents set up to house flood survivors in Nigeria, December 2012.

ShelterBox tents set up to house flood survivors in Nigeria, December 2012.


This World Humanitarian Day, ShelterBox would like to thank its vast global community of humanitarians that make its disaster relief work possible. 
To all of our speakers, fundraisers, donors, supporters, volunteers, staff, interns, affiliates, partners, Rotarians, Scouts, Guides, schools, and those of you who just speak the word ‘ShelterBox’, thank you! Your passion, hard work and dedication helps millions of people in need worldwide, bringing them shelter, warmth and dignity.
By working together we have helped well over one million people affected by disaster on over 220 deployments in almost 90 countries since ShelterBox began in 2000.
Collaboration and cohesion is key on all deployments as seen in Nigeria last year in October when the worst flooding in 50 years consumed large swathes of the African country, forcing families to flee their homes.
ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Steve Crabtree (UK) recounts his experience:
ShelterBox distributed 1,567 boxes of essential aid to communities in desperate need, having a huge impact on their lives. All of you had your part to play, from those spreading the word to the people raising funds to the box packers to the SRT members delivering the aid to the staff tying all the work together. Thank you for being a part of the ShelterBox community and being a humanitarian. You are making a real difference in the world.

 

On the Birthday of Scouting, a Tale of Cooperation in South Sudan

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Eric Deluca (US) running through a tent demonstration with the South Sudan Scouts Association, South Sudan, June 2013.

ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) member Eric Deluca (US) running through a tent demonstration with the South Sudan Scouts Association, South Sudan, June 2013.

 

Scouts are an integral part of the ShelterBox community and have a strong history of working with the disaster relief charity in areas of humanitarian crisis; most recently, the youngest National Scout Organisation collaborated with a ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) in the newest country in the world – South Sudan.
‘Wherever I go in the world, the Scouts continue to amaze me,’ said SRT member Eric Deluca (US) who was part of the team deployed to the area. ‘In South Sudan, we’re looking at an association that is less than a year old, yet the amount of professionalism and passion they bring to the table is truly inspiring, especially having been living in a country that has experienced so much violence and suffering over the past few years.
‘When they arrived at the warehouse where the ShelterBoxes were stored, they opened with a song. The energy and excitement that they displayed in that song carried throughout the day.’
Read more here: SCOUTS

 

ShelterBox Helps Communities in Oklahoma, USA

Debris being cleared that was left behind by the tornadoes' destruction in Oklahoma, USA, May 2013.

Debris being cleared that was left behind by the tornadoes’ destruction in Oklahoma, USA, May 2013.

 

A ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) continues working in Oklahoma, USA to address shelter needs of communities impacted by last month’s tornadoes.
For the last few weeks, affected families in Bethel Acres and Little Axe have been living in cars, under tarps and in standard tents that are not suitable for extreme weather conditions, especially now the hot summer months have begun.
‘The damage here is incomparable to the major disasters I’ve responded to,’ said SRT member Alan Monroe (US). ‘There are massive piles of debris everywhere; personal items hanging out of trees, twisted mobile homes… people are living in their damaged cars that were tumbled during the tornadoes.’
ShelterBox’s high-quality disaster relief tents are being distributed amongst the communities to provide them with a temporary solution to bridge the gap from now until rebuilding is complete in a few months’ time.
Why now?
Why is ShelterBox assisting now, several weeks following the disaster, as opposed to in the immediate aftermath? Neighbours, churches and other community groups were addressing the needs of impacted people in the early days of recovery. However, over time some needs have changed and people want to be amongst their own community and near to work, family, and other important social structures. ShelterBox was contacted when it became clear a flexible but safe shelter solution was needed to supplement other efforts.
‘People here cannot, and do not want to, leave as their work is nearby,’ added Alan. ‘In rural USA, the nearest city is no less than an hour away. People don’t want to go to the shelters offered there when they have no running vehicle to travel to work everyday, it would be impossible for them.
‘Staying here not only enables them to continue earning a living but they can also oversee the rebuilding process. They should have the shelter and privacy of living in a tent rather than a half-squashed car until the building is done.’
 
Community-minded
Even though the SRT members say it is heartbreaking to see the trail of destruction left behind by the tornadoes, how one house is completely destroyed and another hardly touched, they are inspired by how very community-minded everyone is there.
‘There is a sense of resilience here, a sense of hope,’ continued Alan. ‘We are working with community leaders, Rotary and Scouts, who are assisting us with assessing needs and setting up the tents. Everyone is willing to lend a hand to those in need and it’s heartwarming to see.’
ShelterBox has collaborated with Amerijet, DHL and DHL Global Forwarding, which have provided transportation and logistical support for the charity’s response in Oklahoma.

 

Latest Images From Lebanon Highlight Global Relationship With Scouts

ShelterBox has been working in Lebanon with local implementing partners, including Scouts, to distribute aid to the growing number of Syrian refugees in the West Bekaa valley.

ShelterBox has been working in Lebanon with local implementing partners, including Scouts, to distribute aid to the growing number of Syrian refugees in the West Bekaa valley.

 

The refugees have made arduous journeys across the mountainous border to reach safety. Some of those ShelterBox spoke to in the area came from Damascus, others from Hama, but all said they feared repercussions if their identities were made public.

Local communities in the smallest of Syria’s neighbouring countries are donating land on which to pitch the tents and often providing electricity and water from their own supplies to support their Syrian guests.

 

Thanks to all of our donors and supporters around the world who are enabling ShelterBox to continue to help families affected by Syria’s conflict.

Haiti Three Years On

Family made homeless by Haiti's 2010 earthquake, Port-au-Prince.

Family made homeless by Haiti’s 2010 earthquake, Port-au-Prince.

 

The 7.0-magnitude earthquake that hit Haiti three years ago left 1.5 million homeless, injured around 300,000 people and left over 230,000 dead. An already delicate population fell into disaster. 

The first ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) was mobilised 12 minutes after the quake struck and 900 boxes were dispatched immediately.

The deployment went on to be the biggest, longest and most complex in the history of the international disaster relief charity. Nearly 28,500 ShelterBoxes were distributed to families in need.

Due to the enormous scale of the disaster, working with partners on the ground including Haiti’s Rotary clubs and Scouts was key for ShelterBox to respond as quickly and effectively as it could.

Suffering 

Three years later, the people of Haiti are still suffering having been hit by Tropical Storm Isaac and more recently Hurricane Sandy.

SRT member James Webb (UK) was deployed to Haiti in 2010 but also more recently in November in response to Sandy. He is encouraged by the country’s progress over the past three years but says there are still issues that need to be addressed:

ShelterBox continues its disaster relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Sandy and is working with Handicap International (HI).

‘When I was deployed to Haiti after Sandy we liaised with a number of partners including HI, who has had a permanent presence there since the earthquake working on various projects ranging from development to disaster response,’ said James.

Vulnerable 

‘Through HI and using their local knowledge, we are currently distributing our aid to the most vulnerable families living in very remote areas who have lost everything.

‘Following the 2010 quake, we prepositioned ShelterBoxes in a warehouse managed by the International Organization for Migration. This means every time a disaster strikes Haiti, we have emergency shelter and other lifesaving equipment immediately available that helps us act much quicker and reach families in a much shorter time.’

ShelterBox and Rotary Praised by Scouts WA

Scouts helped to raise funds for ShelterBox at the Perth Royal Show

As previously reported, the collaboration between ShelterBox and Scouts at the Perth Royal Show proved once again to be a great success. Julia Day is the PR and Fundraising Officer for Scouts WA. Here, Julia reports on the team’s efforts.

“The ‘Scouts Challenge Zone’ at the Perth Royal Show keeps getting better every year thanks to the Royal Agricultural Society’s generosity in donating the space and having an experienced team of volunteers deliver a fantastic range of the free activities. The “Boot Camp Challenge” inflatable race and Laser Tag were the big favourites this year and very eye-catching.’

ShelterBox & Scouts work together around the world to raise funds and help deploy boxes

ShelterBox & Scouts work together around the world to raise funds and help deploy boxes

‘The link between Scouts WA and ShelterBox continues to grow and is important in demonstrating the core values of Scouting in helping others and doing good in the community. Many parents and young people commented on their appreciation of the free activities at the ‘Scouts Challenge Zone’ and in turn donated to ShelterBox, so the arrangement worked very well.’

‘Having the ShelterBox tent and the contents of the ShelterBox on display hit home the reality of the basics a family needs to survive when they have lost everything. The display, situated in the main hub outside, allowed families to see firsthand what is being achieved and could go away with the satisfaction of knowing exactly what their donation purchased. Having experienced Rotarians manning the display and telling the story of ShelterBox to those visiting the ‘Zone’ was a vital component in creating a stronger awareness of the incredible work this initiative has achieved and continues to do around the world.’

ShelterBox Ambassadors were on hand to demonstrate kit and answer questions

ShelterBox Ambassadors were on hand to demonstrate kit and answer questions

 ‘So, many thanks to all of those who dropped in and dropped coins! All of us at Scouts WA look forward to more opportunities like these to help create a better world…”

All those dollars add up .........

All those dollars add up ………