Monday December 18th 2017

Rotary Club of Perth supports ShelterBox

shelterbox 2013Sue Landry is a ShelterBox Ambassador and a member of the Rotary Club of Perth.  Above is a photo of David Batchelor, Rotary president, presenting Sue with a cheque in the amount of $2,720.00 for ShelterBox Canada.  These funds have been earmarked to aid the refugees fleeing the Crisis in Syria. The money is the combination of donations made by the Rotary Club itself and many individual Rotarians. $300.00 was also raised recently at the Perth Fair.  Sue is very grateful for the kindness of this community and would like to thank all those who made a donation.

ShelterBox responds instantly to disasters around the world by providing emergency shelter and lifesaving supplies that families need to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster.

A typical ShelterBox contains a family tent, blankets, water purification tablets, cooking utensils, a stove, a tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Team volunteers deliver aid, working with other international organizations and local partners.  Surprisingly, these tents stand up very well in extreme weather conditions, including high winds, flooding, hot or cold climates and they even have extra netting to help fight against malaria.  Each kit costs approximately $1,000.00, which includes the cost of storing and deploying them worldwide. Each tent can sleep a family of up to 10, but there have been reports that up to 30 people have packed into one just to escape the elements.

Donations to ShelterBox ensure that the most vulnerable have the chance for survival, to regain their dignity and to rebuild their lives.  ShelterBox is almost solely made up of dedicated volunteers who deliver aid around the world and also fundraising and awareness raise at home in Canada.   Sue has applied to be a member of the response team and hopes to obtain the training within the next few months.  In the meantime she continues to try to raise funds and awareness to this worthwhile organization.

There is currently an urgent appeal for donations to ShelterBox Canada, which will be doubled by Canadian Government to help deal with the recent crisis in the Phillipines, for relief efforts in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the worst storms to ever hit land. More than 600,000 people have been displaced and need our help and shelter urgently.  The donations will be doubled if they are received by December 8th.

Sue is asking that any individuals, schools or churches that wish to help raise money for this devastating typhoon can contact her at 613-812-3112 or email her at landry@rideau.net.  You can learn more at www.shelterboxcanada.org.

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