ShelterBox Latest News ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity delivering boxes of aid, shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disasters, worldwide en-gb 22.12.2009 15:22:49 Copyright: (C) ShelterBox 2009 15 ShelterBox Latest News ShelterBox invited to join Helston’s seasonal celebrations Helston is ShelterBox’s home town, so this year it is a real honour for the disaster relief charity to be invited by the Town Council and Visit Helston’s Business Improvement team to benefit from the town’s festive events and parade Thursday 26 November 2015 UK News Light fantastic! ShelterBox asks the south west to shine this season, to brighten lives darkened by disaster Imagine a winter without light, without power, without warmth. As we enter the season associated with twinkling lights, roasting food and log fires, ShelterBox will help you to turn your candle-lit supper, singing event, or any other gathering, into a literally ‘brilliant’ fundraiser. Sunday 22 November 2015 UK News Henderson trial - a statement A statement from Chief Executive of ShelterBox, Alison Wallace Thursday 19 November 2015 UK News ShelterBox inspires a vibrant installation by artist Bruce Munro at Waddesdon Manor Bruce Munro is known for his impressive large-scale light-based installations. This week his latest creation was switched on in the dramatic setting of Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. And it was inspired by ShelterBox. Friday 13 November 2015 UK News Back-to-back cyclones cross Yemen, with people now at the mercy of both war and weather Disaster relief agency ShelterBox is monitoring a tropical storm named Megh 15, poised to hit Yemen on the Arabian peninsula tomorrow, just three days after a cyclone caused deaths and flooding in the war-torn country. Saturday 07 November 2015 UK News ShelterBox learns from the retail giant experts to make every £1 count No two humanitarian disasters are the same, which means ShelterBox responses need to be flexible as well as fast. Always looking to improve value for families in need and for our donors, the charity has been working with LCP Consulting, experts in how to sharpen our supply chain. Thursday 05 November 2015 UK News Refugee crisis in Europe – pressure grows on PM to intervene as the suffering on Lesbos makes headlines again The Greek island of Lesbos has become a focus on the refugee trail again, as wet weather, illness and lack of shelter make conditions miserable for families arriving from Turkey. UK-based ShelterBox is considering a return to Lesbos, but is finding barriers to helping its refugees. Monday 02 November 2015 UK News Undercover in Syria. As the Vienna talks begin today, ShelterBox and its partners reach out to displaced families Of all the families on the refugee trail these are the hardest to reach, and the hardest to help - Syria’s internally displaced, people caught in the crossfire within their own country. But aid is getting through, as ShelterBox and its partners deliver with determination. Friday 30 October 2015 UK News ShelterBox on standby as a massive earthquake rocks Afghanistan and Pakistan, killing hundreds UK based disaster relief agency ShelterBox is monitoring the unfolding situation in north-eastern Afghanistan and Pakistan Monday 26 October 2015 UK News ShelterBox monitors as Mexico braces itself for the arrival of ‘potentially catastrophic’ Hurricane Patricia UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox is monitoring the course of Hurricane Patricia, expected to make landfall later today - evacuations and port closures are in progress along Mexico’s Pacific coast. The US National Hurricane Centre has described the category five storm as ‘potentially catastrophic’. Friday 23 October 2015 UK News ‘Mr ShelterBox’ Ian Brooke stands down after 15 years with the Rotary Club of Melcombe Regis A familiar character in the Weymouth area, local Rotarian Ian Brooke is standing down after 15 years of ‘infectious enthusiasm’ promoting ShelterBox Friday 23 October 2015 UK News 7 year old Courtney raises £600 for ShelterBox in memory of her aunt, the late Sharon Bridgman The charitable life and untimely death of round-the-world cyclist Sharon Bridgman is being honoured in many ways. Her husband Tim is cycling to Alaska to complete the journey they started, and niece Courtney Miller set her own cycling challenge in memory of her aunt. Tuesday 20 October 2015 UK News UK charity ShelterBox monitors Typhoon Koppu in the Philippines, with aid and teams ready to help displaced families if needed Disaster relief shelter experts ShelterBox are standing by to help the islanders of Luzon in the Philippines, as 124mph winds and coastal surges have displaced an estimated 15,000 people on the country’s main island Sunday 18 October 2015 UK News ShelterBox meets the tradesmen and shopkeepers of Iraq's refugee camps - ‘I work because I don’t want to just sit in my tent and do nothing. This is who I am, this is what I do.’ As the months drift into years a refugee camp becomes more than just a refugee camp. It becomes its own township, its own community, its own trading centre. In a unique and moving insight, ShelterBox talks to four people making the best of life as long term refugees Monday 12 October 2015 UK News Capturing the aftershock - SW photographer portrays earthquake-damaged Nepal in a special exhibition Award-winning local photojournalist Emily Whitfield-Wicks is a good friend to ShelterBox. While on deployment with their response teams in Nepal after the quakes, Emily focused on the personal tragedies and tenacity of mountain families – now her photos are the subject of a Sterts Arts Centre exhibition Saturday 10 October 2015 UK News ShelterBox goes to the movies for new Bond film’s Royal premiere Cornwall’s ShelterBox is honoured to have been chosen as one of three charities to receive funds from this year’s Royal Film Performance at London’s Royal Albert Hall on 26 October Monday 05 October 2015 UK News ShelterBox returns to the roots of the refugee trail with a deployment to Iraq Kurdistan on Syrian border This week sees UK disaster relief charity ShelterBox back in the Syrian border territories of Iraq Kurdistan, where it helped establish refugee camps up to three years ago. Team leader Sam Hewett and colleague Jack Bailey have only recently returned from providing respite shelter on the Greek islands. Wednesday 30 September 2015 UK News ShelterBox has team and aid standing by to respond to Chilean earthquake UK disaster relief charity ShelterBox is geared up to respond to a powerful earthquake in Chile, South America, where five people are already known to have died and an estimated one million people have been evacuated Thursday 17 September 2015 UK News ShelterBox CEO signs letter to Prime Minister calling for UK to ‘take in its fair share of refugees’ On the day that European interior ministers hold an emergency meeting on the refugee crisis, Chief executive of Cornwall-based ShelterBox, Alison Wallace, has joined hundreds of international humanitarian organisations by signing an open letter to David Cameron Monday 14 September 2015 UK News '12,000 people with 12,000 individual stories' - ShelterBox team reflects on the ‘tolerance and patience’ of refugees, but fears there is no plan for winter ‘A sense of crisis overcome’ for ShelterBox’s team as they head home from a turbulent Greek island that is just a little calmer, for now. But, for the thousands of families without homes, what lies ahead is a continuing march across Europe into the colder months. Saturday 12 September 2015 UK News Children of the long march – ‘Every day we move to a new place, meet new people. They are learning bad habits. Their days have no structure.’ For aid workers this is a different type of beneficiary. Transient. No sooner have you met their immediate needs, met their families, maybe had a brief conversation. Then they are gone, on to the next stage of their journey. What is the effect of this long journey on refugee children? Thursday 10 September 2015 UK News Lesbos island ‘on the verge of an explosion’ – ShelterBox work disrupted by unrest, as extra staff and ships arrive to tackle refugee registration backlog As the Greek government and the UN bring in staff and ships to deal with around 25,000 refugees stranded on the island of Lesbos, ShelterBox considers its position amid tensions that Greece’s Immigration Ministry has described as ‘on the verge of an explosion’ Tuesday 08 September 2015 UK News 'The current situation is unsustainable'. Tensions, temperatures, and numbers rise on Greek island. UK's ShelterBox is working on both the course, and the source, of the refugee trail Cornwall’s ShelterBox, active for years across Syria and the Middle East, and now helping to improve conditions in Greek transit camps, has witnessed increasing tensions on the island of Lesbos. It agrees that, to prevent further deaths and misery, a two-speed solution is needed. Monday 07 September 2015 UK News ShelterBox CEO – Why we are helping the migrants In a week that has brought home the horrors of people-trafficking and the dangers for populations on the move, UK disaster relief charity ShelterBox explains why it is reaching out to provide respite as well as rescue Tuesday 01 September 2015 UK News Seeking shade and sanctuary in Kara Tepe camp on Lesbos – ShelterBox kit originating in Syria arrives on the Greek Islands in the hands of new arrivals As ShelterBox starts putting up large UN style tents in a camp on Lesbos there is a rush for the shade they provide. Also a surprise for our team as well-travelled ShelterBox kit appears, probably having originated in Syria Monday 31 August 2015 UK News Crisis worsening on Greek island – over 3,000 people in a centre built for 400, and inadequate sanitation, says ShelterBox team A second team from UK charity ShelterBox has arrived on the Greek island of Lesbos amid a growing crisis that is now seeing an estimated 1,800 people crossing from the Turkish mainland each day. Sam Hewett & Jennifer Butte-Dahl are shocked by what they have seen. Tuesday 25 August 2015 UK News Greece migrant crisis – ‘people are visibly shocked by the situation in which they find themselves.’ UK’s ShelterBox providing tents for camps on Lesbos As Greece buckles under its own economic pressures, it is also under stress from a growing external pressure. Every day boatloads of migrants and refugees fleeing conflict in Syria and Afghanistan arrive from Turkey on islands such as Lesbos. ShelterBox is sending tents to help in overwhelmed transit camps. Wednesday 19 August 2015 UK News WORLD HUMANITARIAN DAY, 19 AUG 2015 Without homes, without hope – ShelterBox responds to the human tragedy of the ‘internally displaced’, for whom no-one takes responsibility If you are a refugee who has crossed a border to seek safety, international law offers you some protection. But if you are displaced within your own country, you are often beyond help. On World Humanitarian Day disaster relief charity ShelterBox considers the plight of the world’s ‘IDPs’ Tuesday 18 August 2015 UK News Turning up the heat on the greenhouse effect President Obama has drawn a line in the sand. By 2030 he wants US power companies to cut CO2 emissions by almost a third. Disaster relief charity ShelterBox, so often called to droughts, storms, famines and floods worldwide, applauds new climate change aims. Sunday 16 August 2015 UK News HRH The Duchess of Cornwall renews patronage of disaster relief charity ShelterBox As Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall continued their annual visit to the county last week, news arrived from Clarence House that Royal patronage of ShelterBox has been renewed for the next five years. Tuesday 28 July 2015 UK News Jon Snow from Channel 4 News spends time with ShelterBox at WOMAD Festival ShelterBox is used to being on the news, but yesterday the news was on ShelterBox. TV’s Jon Snow, one of the UK’s most respected news broadcasters, called by for a chat with our team at the WOMAD Festival in Wiltshire Monday 27 July 2015 UK News Hiking, cycling and canoeing - a few places remain for ShelterBox’s Wild West Challenge The race itself isn’t on until 12 September, but the race for places has already begun in the South West’s newest endurance challenge across Dartmoor National Park and the River Exe Friday 24 July 2015 UK News Glittering event and art auction in Italy raises £2,400 for ShelterBox Chief Executive Alison Wallace was the guest of Giorgio Vannucci, President of ShelterBox Italia, for a special fundraising event in Milan last week Friday 24 July 2015 UK News Glamorous campers use ShelterBox tents at WOMAD Festival It’s not often you see forty ShelterBox tents put up alongside an English stately home, but this camp is a charity fundraiser being offered to WOMAD’s festival-goers Wednesday 22 July 2015 UK News Royal visit for ShelterBox HRH The Duchess of Cornwall, President of Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox, today met Chief Executive Alison Wallace, members of her team, and response volunteers, as part of a Royal visit to Padstow with HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Cornwall. Monday 20 July 2015 UK News HRH The Duchess of Cornwall to receive a briefing on ShelterBox in Nepal As part of a Royal visit to Padstow on Monday, HRH The Duchess of Cornwall will meet ShelterBox response team volunteers who have recently returned from earthquake-stricken Nepal Friday 17 July 2015 UK News Next stop Tokyo - London Routemaster bus will head for Japan to raise money for ShelterBox As bus journeys go this will be quite an epic. In 2017 a heritage Routemaster red bus will start an 11,000 mile route in London, crossing 23 countries in three months, changing continents at Istanbul, and terminating in Tokyo. And every turn of the wheels will be clocking up funding for ShelterBox. Tuesday 14 July 2015 UK News Swiss students go wild for ShelterBox, raising over £5,000 Ecole Internationale in Geneva - the world’s oldest and largest international school - has been fundraising for ShelterBox. A group of Year 6 students have donated an impressive 7,700 swiss franks after spending a day learning survival skills in the wild Tuesday 07 July 2015 UK News Truckloads of tarps arrive as ShelterBox continues its aid push in rain-swept Nepal Intense rainfall, flash flooding, landslides, and difficult  traveling conditions. Nepal, devastated by two major earthquakes, is suddenly in the grip of its monsoon season. But UK-based ShelterBox, in the latest phase of a response that is now into its third month, is on the way with urgently needed equipment to help communities shelter and rebuild. Thursday 02 July 2015 UK News Powerful ShelterBox postal campaign featuring News at Ten’s Mark Austin is nominated for a major charity award In London on Monday 6 July Cornwall-based disaster aid agency ShelterBox will hear whether it has won an Institute of Fundraising national award for one of its most effective fundraising campaigns Thursday 02 July 2015 UK News Bringing warmth to the North Korean winter – ShelterBox ‘tents with chimneys’ given to families in DPRK The rural farming communities of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea constantly endure extremes of climate. Currently in the grip of the worst drought for a century, ShelterBox has been helping them to prepare for the harsh winter ahead with new stove-friendly tents Friday 26 June 2015 UK News Sniffer dogs searching for survivors - ShelterBox staff train with international experts in earthquake search and rescue ShelterBox staff and volunteers sometimes find themselves in the right place at the wrong time, witnessing a disaster first hand - as in Nepal when the second quake struck on 12 May. Now they have trained with search and rescue experts to be better prepared when the worst happens Wednesday 24 June 2015 UK News Devon Doctors support ShelterBox’s work in Nepal The Rotary Club of Ivybridge through its international committee has set a target of raising over £12,000 in support of ShelterBox’s work, particularly in Nepal. Collections have been made at a local supermarket, and at individual companies, but these have been greatly enhanced by support from Devon Doctors, the out-of-hours GP service for Devon. Friday 19 June 2015 UK News Everest evening raises £12,500 for ShelterBox’s work in Nepal The people of Tywardreath were the ‘height’ of generosity, as a special Everest evening organized by world-renowned artist Tony Foster and his Tywardreath friends raised £12,500 for survivors of the Nepal quakes Monday 15 June 2015 UK News ShelterBox joins Rotary International at Brazil convention When it comes to humanitarian relief, both Rotary and ShelterBox are major players on the world stage. Appropriately they are sharing space in the ‘house of friendship’ at Rotary International’s major convention in São Paulo, Brazil. Saturday 06 June 2015 UK News One person in every seven on this planet is a migrant. On World Environment Day, disaster relief charity ShelterBox considers the global effect of populations constantly on the move One seventh of the human population is now forced from their homelands. This modern phenomenon is driven by many factors, but increasingly migration is about the search for food and livelihoods, or natural disasters triggered by increasingly violent climates. Friday 05 June 2015 UK News SchoolBoxes distributed to orphanages in earthquake-stricken Kathmandu Disaster relief charity ShelterBox has now used the full range of its aid in its Nepal earthquake response – ShelterBox tents as medical facilities, Shelter Kits to get aid swiftly to mountain villages, and now SchoolBoxes to bring some sense of recovery and normality to children in Kathmandu. Thursday 04 June 2015 UK News ShelterBox has helped in the making of a Hollywood blockbuster – in cinemas as its response teams face the reality of Nepal  Next week the release of a $100 million Hollywood 3D movie about a devastating earthquake on the west coast of the USA comes as Nepal still reels from massive seismic shocks. And disaster relief charity ShelterBox has a connection with both. Sunday 24 May 2015 UK News ‘More often than not I have been awoken by villagers running out and screaming rather than by the tremor itself’ – An eyewitness account of what it feels like when you can’t trust the ground you stand on ShelterBox volunteer Becky Maynard flew to Nepal within days of the first quake on 25 April. Now, almost a month later, she is still disquieted by life in a country that dares not sleep, where every moment you may have to run from falling masonry. Sunday 24 May 2015 UK News Poingnancy and perseverance – every villager in the mountain community of Pipildanda now has ShelterBox aid Every Nepali mountain village that ShelterBox reaches brings its own challenges, and its own heartbreaking stories. One of our response volunteers meets Rom, who tells of the aftermath of the first earthquake. Friday 22 May 2015 UK News A Royal encounter for ShelterBox in New Zealand ShelterBox’s Jimmy Griffith was invited to Aukland’s Government House last week to meet Prince Harry on his Royal tour of New Zealand. Jimmy was among local representatives of emergency service and disaster relief organisations. Thursday 21 May 2015 UK News Double jeopardy in Chile, as ShelterBox responds to flooding and an erupting volcano ShelterBox aid and a response team will arrive shortly in South America, as families are left without homes and shelter after two unpredictable forces of nature hit Chile. Thursday 21 May 2015 UK News TV’s Joanna Lumley praises ShelterBox’s ‘invaluable’ relief work in Nepal Disaster relief charity ShelterBox has just been given an absolutely fabulous endorsement by actor, comedienne and national treasure Joanna Lumley OBE. In a personal letter she says ‘Thank you with all my heart for what you are doing in Nepal.’ Wednesday 20 May 2015 UK News Friends in high places - Gurkhas help ShelterBox with aid distribution in Nepal As ShelterBox response teams face formidable climbs to take aid to Nepal’s remotest quake-damaged communities, an offer of assistance came from a very experienced and famous military organisation Wednesday 20 May 2015 UK News Over £400,000 outpouring of Rotary generosity in response to Nepal earthquakes ShelterBox, Rotary International’s official Project Partner, has received £419,536 from Rotary Clubs across the UK since Nepal was struck by a massive earthquake almost three weeks ago. Now, as the Himalayan country counts the cost of a second quake, the donations continue to come in. Tuesday 19 May 2015 UK News ShelterBox response volunteer to meet Prince Harry in New Zealand ShelterBox’s Jimmy Griffith has been invited to Aukland’s Government House tomorrow to meet Prince Harry on his Royal tour of New Zealand. Jimmy will be among local representatives of emergency service and disaster relief organisations. Thursday 14 May 2015 UK News ShelterBox volunteer captures earthquake and aftermath on video ShelterBox response team volunteer Liam Arthur was in the wrong place at the right time today, filming in the township of Chautara when the 7.4 magnitude earthquake struck. Tuesday 12 May 2015 UK News ‘Trying to dig their lives out of the rubble’ - Tales from the shaken villages of Nepal as ShelterBox helps the people of Pipaldanda The quaintly named mountain village of Pipaldanda is, after Nepal’s catastrophic earthquake, anything but a beauty spot. ShelterBox’s Liz Odell and Liam Arthur describe a community with no school, no hospital, and families ‘trying to dig their lives out of the rubble’. Monday 11 May 2015 UK News Tents and shelter kits arrive, to begin their ascent to the mountains of Nepal There are smiles in these photos, as the arrival of 39 tons of ShelterBox aid brings hope to remote villages in earthquake-shattered Nepal. Thursday 07 May 2015 UK News ‘Men and boys have shaved heads, a sign they are in mourning’ – ShelterBox aid is on its way to bereaved and stranded villagers at the roof of the world With aid beginning to flow through Kathmandu airport, UK’s ShelterBox is working with a cluster of charities at Sindhupalchowk, a district containing 79 mountain village communities Wednesday 06 May 2015 UK News ‘Each village wondering if this helicopter might be for them, if it was their turn.’ - Nepal’s mountain communities look to the skies as ShelterBox helps colleague charities to fly in UK aid ShelterBox’s Becky Maynard has joined a helicopter aid sortie by a group of charities to Nepal’s hidden communities – where there are no roads, and the only access is by foot or by air. This earthquake will require some of the most demanding and daring rescues ever undertaken Tuesday 05 May 2015 UK News ‘At times we wonder, where do you start?’ ShelterBox team in the mountainous villages of Nepal A team from UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox has travelled from Kathmandu into the mountains of Nepal. Here, where the earthquake was at its fiercest, they meet a mix of despair and hope. Monday 04 May 2015 UK News Life in a fallen city – images and reactions from ShelterBox’s team in Kathmandu Shelter, water, food and medicine – the basics of life are urgently needed by families huddling in the cold of wrecked Kathmandu. ShelterBox volunteer Becky Maynard meets Santa Maharjan and her family, who are having to collect rainwater to survive Friday 01 May 2015 UK News Care under canvas – unsafe Kathmandu hospital buildings have been condemned, so Nepal’s wounded are being treated in ShelterBox tents ShelterBox tents are being pressed into service as mobile clinics in Kathmandu, as crumbling hospitals are branded unsafe. Nursing Director Geeta Shrestha says ‘from my heart and from my hospital, I thank you.’ Wednesday 29 April 2015 UK News ShelterBox team in Kathmandu is meeting with the Nepal Government and colleague aid agencies ahead of ‘what will be a major operation’ A ShelterBox team arrived in Kathmandu yesterday to face a daunting task. The scale of destruction across the Himalayan country of Nepal since Saturday’s 7.8 magnitude earthquake is immense. The UN estimates that eight million people have been affected - over a quarter of the population - and the death toll keeps spiralling, now past 5,000 and expected to at least double. Tuesday 28 April 2015 UK News Nepal earthquake – Eyewitness is in touch with ShelterBox, says ‘The environment is filled with fear.’ A plea for emergency relief has come direct to UK charity ShelterBox from a Rotary contact in Kathmandu, Nepal, close to the epicentre of a 7.8 magnitude quake that is thought to have claimed almost 600 lives. A ShelterBox response team is on its way. Saturday 25 April 2015 UK News ShelterBox delivers! A major retail conference will hear how the charity brings home the goods in extreme circumstances Every day UK consumers receive millions of packages from thousands of carriers and retailers. Now, disaster relief agency ShelterBox has been invited to tell retail giants - including Debenhams, Dixons and Disney - how to reach people who don’t even have a road or a postcode! Tuesday 21 April 2015 UK News Cheque presentation by the Inner Wheel of Tranent The generous members of the Inner Wheel of Tranent in East Lothian, Scotland have made a donation of £590 to ShelterBox Tuesday 21 April 2015 UK News St Ives cheque takes national Rotary donations to ShelterBox since Vanuatu cyclone to over a quarter of a million pounds! It was meant to be a thank-you tour of ShelterBox for members of the Rotary Club of St Ives. But their £1,300 donation had a significance they didn’t expect – it took the UK-wide figure raised by Rotarians since Cyclone Pam to a staggering £250,000 Friday 17 April 2015 UK News Disaster relief charity ShelterBox ‘exasperated’ at inability to get aid into South Sudan More than a million people have fled their homes in South Sudan since fighting broke out  between government and rebel forces, and a further half million have since quit the country. But Cornish charity ShelterBox has been frustrated in its attempts to reach families in need. Wednesday 15 April 2015 UK News A big thank you to all our donors as ShelterBox aid arrives on the Vanuatu island of Tanna On a Pacific island desperately in need of good news following Cyclone Pam, happy faces as the means to rebuild arrives, funded by ShelterBox supporters. Monday 13 April 2015 UK News ShelterBox wins international business award as ‘Disaster Relief Charity of the Year’, and is shortlisted in Cornwall Business Awards ShelterBox is used to being in the spotlight for its humanitarian work, but now it has been recognised for its business credibility in an award scheme aimed at global corporates worldwide, as well as being shortlisted locally in the Cornwall Business Awards Friday 10 April 2015 UK News ShelterBox CEO Alison Wallace meets Helston-Lizard Inner Wheel as national Rotary donations since Vanuatu cyclone top £200,000 Disaster relief charity ShelterBox went back to its roots last week as Alison Wallace met the ladies of its founding Rotary Club, the Inner Wheel of Helston-Lizard. This coincided with an over £200,000 boost to Rotary’s national ShelterBox donations triggered by the Vanuatu cyclone. Wednesday 08 April 2015 UK News Green box jealousy raises security issues – heartbreaking decisions about aid delivery to African border towns ShelterBox’s response teams encounter all sorts of hardships in the world’s disaster zones. In poverty-striken, flood-ravaged Malawi and Mozambique they have to decide which type of aid puts the recipients at the least risk of theft or violence Tuesday 07 April 2015 UK News ShelterBox solar light is pitched on US Dragon’s Den UK based charity ShelterBox is always on the lookout for products that will help in the world’s disaster zones. Ingenious ‘luminAID’ provides lighting and security where power lines are down – and it also provided a light bulb moment on the US version of Dragon’s Den. Wednesday 25 March 2015 UK News Rotary Club of Dartmouth tops up a legacy of £28,000 to ShelterBox There are many ways to donate to ShelterBox, and one is to leave a legacy or gift in your will. That is what former Dartmouth mayor Irene Scawn did, asking the local Rotary Club to hand it on to ShelterBox Tuesday 24 March 2015 UK News ‘Bursting into tears on seeing total deforestation’ – First reactions as ShelterBox response team arrives in Vanuatu Disaster relief charity ShelterBox now has its first team in Vanuatu as civilian flights begin arriving. With aid en route, Ross Mackenzie and Peter Pearce are discussing arrangements with distribution partners. But their initial reaction to Cyclone Pam’s aftermath is one of shock. Thursday 19 March 2015 UK News How do we reduce the risk of disaster? As a world conference ends, UK Disaster relief CEO says aid agencies have a ‘moral responsibility’ to think beyond rescue In Japan a four day United Nations conference on disaster risk reduction ends today. Alison Wallace, whose UK charity ShelterBox has risk assessment in its DNA, discusses how relief agencies might help mitigate catastrophes. Wednesday 18 March 2015 UK News Quarter of a million could be homeless across Vanuatu after ‘monster’ cyclone – ShelterBox mobilising 1,000 kits to help rebuild UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox is mobilising aid and a response team as the Pacific paradise of Vanuatu counts the awful cost of Cyclone Pam Sunday 15 March 2015 UK News Cyclone Pam: UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox arranging aid and sending a team into Vanuatu, responding to ‘one of the worst disasters in Pacific history.’ Cyclone Pam, with winds of up to 170 mph, has devastated the south Pacific archipelago of Vanuatu. Cornwall-based ShelterBox is mobilising a response team, and already has aid in the region. Saturday 14 March 2015 UK News On Comic Relief Day, ShelterBox brings you Africa as it is right now Tomorrow Comic Relief’s Red Nose Day will raise tens of millions of pounds for long term African projects. UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox brings into sharp focus the reality of life right now in Africa’s flood zones, as families shelter hundreds to a room in churches and schools. Thursday 12 March 2015 UK News Climate change – the humanitarian perspective. Disaster relief CEO says, ‘While governments discuss the cause, it is agencies like ours that have to deal with the consequences.’ Outgoing Guardian Editor Alan Rusbridger is putting the ‘climate change threat to Earth front and centre’ in his remaining time with the newspaper. UK charity CEO Alison Wallace ponders the role of disaster relief and humanitarian agencies, responding to increased flooding and famine while the politicians procrastinate. Tuesday 10 March 2015 UK News New report on natural hazards shows that ShelterBox ‘was absolutely right to innovate in the Philippines’ Research released this week shows that, of the ten world cities most exposed the natural hazards, eight are in the Philippines. UK disaster relief charity ShelterBox is reaching the final phase of year-long innovative shelter projects on the islands. Friday 06 March 2015 UK News Chilean volcano eruption has calmed for now, but UK disaster relief charity ShelterBox has aid in the region if needed A volcanic eruption in southern Chile yesterday morning caused the evacuation of 4,000 people from their homes in the popular tourist resort of Pucón. Mount Villarrica is calm for now, but a 10km exclusion zone remains in place, and UK charity ShelterBox stands ready to help Wednesday 04 March 2015 UK News ShelterBox CEO urges Rotary Clubs to consider more flexible funding of disaster relief Last week the Rotary Club of Cober Valley presented ShelterBox with a cheque for £1,200. In an illustrated talk ShelterBox’s Alison Wallace gave local Rotarians food for thought on how best to support the disaster relief organisation. Monday 02 March 2015 UK News Gaza could take more than a century to rebuild. ‘Is displacement becoming intractable?’ asks British aid CEO Oxfam has today said that it could take more than 100 years to rebuild Gaza’s essential infrastructure of homes, schools and health facilities, calling for the 8-year blockade stranglehold to be lifted. British disaster relief charity CEO Alison Wallace warns that Gaza and other conflict zones risk creating permanently displaced communities. Thursday 26 February 2015 UK News Little blooms worth thousands - Truro garden open day raises £4,500 for ShelterBox Now in its tenth year, Hellebore Day at Bosvigo House in Truro is a diary date for gardeners, and for ShelterBox supporters Tuesday 24 February 2015 UK News ‘A personal journey’ – Cyclist Tim Bridgman heads for South America to complete the fundraising trek that ended in tragedy Last April, while on a trans-global cycling fundraiser for ShelterBox, Sharon Bridgman died after her bicycle collided with a vehicle in Bolivia. Now her husband Tim is returning to pick up their epic journey, starting from the scene of the accident. Tuesday 17 February 2015 UK News ‘A tried, trusted and reliable friend’ - ShelterBox wishes Rotary a happy 110th birthday Cornwall-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox began in 2000 as one Rotary Club’s millennium project. Now, as Rotary International’s only official Project Partner, ShelterBox sends congratulations to all Rotarians as their organisation celebrates 110 years. Monday 16 February 2015 UK News UK agency ShelterBox begins huge aid push into Malawi as UN fears floods have killed 276, and displaced almost a quarter of a million UK agency ShelterBox begins huge aid push into Malawi as UN fears floods have killed 276, and displaced almost a quarter of a million Friday 13 February 2015 UK News ShelterBox tents go up in Gaza, after six months of patience and negotiation ShelterBox supporters can at last see their generosity reaching out to one of the world’s most war-torn locations. Photos just arrived from Gaza show tents being put up. Monday 02 February 2015 UK News SchoolBoxes from Cornwall arrive in West Africa for ebola orphans An aid chain that started in Cornwall in December is now putting smiles on the faces of children in Freetown, affected by the scourge of ebola. Wednesday 28 January 2015 UK News Malaysian floodwater places one house on top of another! Ismail Nick Mustafa and his family have an amazing story to tell. Like thousands of others, they had a narrow escape as they fled from rising floodwater.  But days later an unbelievable sight awaited them when they returned to their home… Monday 26 January 2015 UK News ShelterBox answers Malawi President’s call for humanitarian aid as floodwaters rise Landlocked Malawi in SE Africa is the latest destination for ShelterBox in response to flooding chaos. In the worst floods for over forty years tens of thousands have fled their homes, and an estimated 170 have died as a month’s worth of rain fell in 24 hours. Thursday 22 January 2015 UK News Rotary International extends its project partnership with ShelterBox ShelterBox is proud to be Rotary International’s only official project partner worldwide. Now, with the relationship being extended into 2016, Alison Wallace explains why this is such a strong ‘circle of friendship’ Tuesday 20 January 2015 UK News ‘They survived, but lost everything’ - ShelterBox aid reaches the rain forest families of monsoon-drenched Malaysia Time and again ShelterBox aid proves its worth by being easily portable and able to reach remote communities in challenging locations. A ShelterBox Response Team reports back from flood-hit Malaysia where they found families struggling in inaccessible rain forest. Monday 19 January 2015 UK News Ann Livings walks to Snowdon summit despite severe arthritis ShelterBox is used to fundraising by intrepid Rotarians. The Cornwall-based charity has just received £1,186 from Ann Livings of Medway  Sunlight Rotary Club, who with her husband and colleagues set herself the brave target of climbing Snowdon. Tuesday 13 January 2015 UK News ‘At last ShelterBox can help the displaced families of Gaza.’ Partnership operation underway in one of the world’s most notorious conflict zones Last summer, as the 50 day war raged in Gaza, ShelterBox Chief Executive Alison Wallace said it was ‘frustrating and heart-breaking to have to watch and wait’ while families suffered. Now, after lengthy negotiations, ShelterBox aid is travelling across the border. Friday 09 January 2015 UK News ‘Halls are cramped, they sleep on the floor and there is no privacy whatsoever.’ ShelterBox teams describe the misery of flood-hit Malaysia As ShelterBox aid begins to roll out across Malaysian communities engulfed by the worst monsoon rains for decades, response teams find families sheltering in over-filled public buildings with poor sanitation. Wednesday 07 January 2015 UK News ‘Everything is gone.’ ShelterBox team hears of the distress of Malaysia’s flooded communities As UK-based disaster relief charity ShelterBox prepares aid distribution, its team finds crowded shelters, and families telling of the race to escape a wave of floodwater Saturday 03 January 2015 UK News