Kimberley scores big for West Africa

Rotary ShelterBox program gets a boost at Kimberley Fall Fair

  • Oct. 18, 2012 11:00 a.m.

The Canadian Government matched $50,000 raised in one month by ShelterBox Canada. Kimberley was responsible for 5.2% of that national total.

Kimberley Rotary Club extends a huge thank you to all those who made donations prior to 4 p.m. September 30, 2012 in support of Sahel, West Africa. Thanks also to its partners: The Kimberley Community Fall Fair, The Daily Bulletin, The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group, Kimberley Savings Credit Union and Grubstake Pizza. Due to your caring and sharing every dollar collected was matched by your Federal tax dollars providing shelter, hope and life support to thousands in need.

“We broke all records for donations at this year’s Community Fall Fair. In each of the past four years our ShelterBox booth would collect about $800 over the two days. This year you donated over $1,300. Also during September an additional $1,300 was collected at the Kimberley Savings Credit Union. That allowed us to mail off a cheque for $2,600 to ShelterBox Canada which was then matched by the Federal Government”,  stated Graham Mann, ShelterBox Ambassador.

The Government matching program allowing donors to help a specific disaster is now over but the need for ShelterBoxes continues. Last year, ShelterBox provided more than 8,500 tents to families in East Africa who were displaced and to refugee camps along the Kenya/Ethiopia and Kenya/Somalia Borders. Work here continues as more refugees continue to arrive at the camps.  ShelterBox has provided an additional 500 tents for families who are arriving in the Dadaab Camp in Kenya, where many Somali families are fleeing conflict and famine.

ShelterBox Response Teams continually monitor humanitarian needs throughout the world. For up-to-date information go to www.shelterboxcanada.org . For local information contact Graham Mann at

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