With typhoon Ketsana adding to the recent natural disasters to impact the Philippines, Rotary Sunrise decided to help and do their part by raising money to donate three Shelterboxes to the country’s disaster victims.
To raise money, members passed the hat around at a recent club meeting to collect donations, supplemented with funds the club raised from recent fundraisers.
‘We feel sorry for the people of the Philippines, who have to endure similar circumstances as we suffered from in the wake of hurricane Ivan,’ said Rotary Sunrise President Winston Connolly.
‘After Ivan the Rotary clubs of the Cayman Islands received over 1 million US dollars in donations from all over the world, this made such a difference in our community. This is our time to give back and show our support.’
Shelterbox is a non-profit organization established in 2000 with support from a Rotary club in the UK. The boxes, which are deployed worldwide in response to disasters, contain a tent, bedding, cooking utensils and other basic needs to provide a shelter for 10 people.
The organization works with local Rotary clubs and other volunteers, so the financial overheads are minimal and the vast majority of donations end up with those who need it most. Shelterboxes have been deployed in over 50 countries in the wake of 80 disasters. The sponsorship of one box is $1,000 US dollars including delivery.
Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.
Each box bears a unique number allowing donors to track a box all the way to its recipient country via the web. ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.