Recently ShelterBox had eight deployments simultaneously in various parts of the world, the most ever at one time for ShelterBox in its twelve year history. Many of these disasters are not high profile and do not receive much media attention; however the need is enormous. In the past four years, thanks primarily to the compassion of Kimberley donors, the Kimberley Rotary Club has purchased 77 ShelterBoxes that have provided shelter and hope to 770 individuals in need around the world.
In February alone deployments were rushed to the Philippines, Guatemala, Haiti, Syrian Refuges, Jordan, Mozambique, Australia and North Korea. For details as to the disasters that the ShelterBox Response Teams are facing, go to www.shelterboxcanada.org. Their current newsletter includes horrendous individual stories from Syrian refugees.
One ShelterBox containing a ten-person tent, stove, water containers with purification tablets, cooking equipment, tool kit, children’s activity pack, mosquito nets, woollen mitts, scarves, toques and waterproof ground mats, costs $1,000 and includes shipping to anywhere in the world.
Donations may be made at Kootenay Savings Credit Union (KSCU) in Kimberley simply by making your cheque payable to Kimberley Rotary Club. Grubstake Pizza is authorized to receive local donations. Contributions can also be made online to ShelterBox Canada at www.shelterboxcanada.org. Donations of $20 or more will receive a tax receipt. You may track online where the box you helped pay for was deployed. For further information contact Graham Mann at 250 427 5057 or firstname.lastname@example.org.