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Friday 11 February 2011

International awards mark ShelterBox’s success
International awards mark ShelterBox’s success Left to Right: ShelterBox Founder and CEO Tom Henderson, Donna Karan and ShelterBox USA's Bill Decker.

The last two weeks have seen of series of awards marking the success of the lifesaving work carried out by ShelterBox.

Tom Henderson, ShelterBox Founder and CEO, alongside 42 ShelterBox volunteers, has been recognized by President Barack Obama with the President's Volunteer Service Award for his efforts to provide shelter, warmth and dignity to survivors of disasters worldwide.

The news comes just a week after ShelterBox style icon and philanthropist Donna Karan was named Humanitarian of the Year by ShelterBox USA at a special ceremony in Washington D. C. She was praised for her contribution to relief efforts after the Haiti earthquake in January 2010.

Deeply moved by the earthquake’s impact on the Haitian people, Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation partnered with ShelterBox to provide emergency shelter and life-saving equipment to disaster survivors.

In addition to hosting a star-studded fundraiser in which ShelterBox was the main recipient of support, Karan displayed ShelterBox tents in stores and generated customer donations through online promotions. Her efforts resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars to provide shelter for the people of Haiti.

Alongside this ShelterBox USA presented CNN producer, Christopher Dawson with their 2011 Global Media Award for his efforts in delivering thorough and accurate coverage of the relief efforts that took place immediately following the earthquake in Haiti last January.

On accepting the award, Christopher Dawson said: ‘This recognition from ShelterBox is an honor, and all the more meaningful from such a hands-on organization. Thank you for all that you do for people in their unexpected time of need.'

Charity of the Year

Meanwhile, in the UK, ShelterBox was named Charity of the Year at the 2011 JustGiving Awards in London. JustGiving, an online fundraising platform, hold the awards each year as a way of recognizing outstanding individuals, teams and charities.

ShelterBox received the most votes from the public and was one of only ten charities that made the shortlist for the Charity of the Year (People’s Choice) category out of the 7,000 charities registered on the site.

Tom Henderson, ShelterBox Founder and CEO, said: ‘This series of international awards is a testament to all our supporters around the world. None of our lifesaving work would be possible without the strength of our supporters and donors.

‘I’d like to say a huge thank you and well done to all our Response Team members, staff, volunteers, fundraisers and donors who make a real difference to families lives around the world.’
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