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Wednesday 15 February 2012

ShelterBox Sam could be Endurance Fundraiser of the Year
ShelterBox Sam could be Endurance Fundraiser of the Year
Sam Gambier (centre of picture) has been nominated in the Endurance Fundraiser of the Year category in the JustGiving awards 2012

Cornish around-the-world cyclist Sam Gambier and ShelterBox have been recognised for their fundraising achievements over the past year by JustGiving, the UK’s most popular online fundraising platform. Both have been shortlisted for its highly-respected annual awards.  
The winners will be announced at a prestigious red carpet awards ceremony held at Shoreditch Town Hall in London on Thursday 1 March 2012. 
Sam Gambier has been shortlisted in the Endurance Fundraiser of the Year category for his solo round the world bicycle trip, in aid of ShelterBox. His 36,610 mile journey took him through 30 countries, across Europe and Asia, through China and Indonesia before crossing to Australia and then transferring to Alaska and cycling the full length of the Americas, the Rockies and Andes. 
Sam said: ‘I am thrilled to be shortlisted by JustGiving.  Cycling round the world for ShelterBox was hard work but utterly worth it. It was an incredible, enriching experience and I met many amazing people along the way. They would often invite me into their homes and give me meals and let me stay overnight – which was very welcome after days of camping.  It really restored my faith in people.  I’d like to say a huge thank you to my family, friends and the people I met along the way who helped me achieve my goal.’
ShelterBox has been shortlisted for the second time in a row in the ‘Charity of the Year’ category.  
Tim Bunting, ShelterBox UK General Manager, said: 'ShelterBox are delighted to be shortlisted for JustGiving's Charity of the Year Award. 2011 was another momentous year for us with deployments to 15 countries including Kenya, Pakistan and Japan. Being shortlisted is a fantastic opportunity to recognise all the volunteers, donors and fundraisers who make our disaster relief work possible.'
The awards celebrate the achievements of over 380,000 fundraisers and 8,000 charities which have used the site to raise over £200 million for good causes over the past year. This year, over 850 nominations were made; approximately 300 more than last year.
This year sees the third annual awards, recognising achievements in 13 categories including Young Fundraiser of the Year, Most Creative Fundraiser of the Year, Charity of the Year and Endurance Fundraiser of the Year. The awards are judged by a panel of leading fundraising, philanthropic and digital figures, as well as winners of previous awards. Panellists include founder and business woman Martha Lane Fox, philanthropist David Gold, Media Trust’s CEO Caroline Diehl, Rosa Birch from Facebook and Paul Barry Walsh from the Fredericks Foundation.

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