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What is Shine for ShelterBox?


This winter, we invite you to host a dinner with your family, friends and community to raise money for solar lights, emergency shelter and other essential items for families affected by disaster. 

Whether you love to get together with friends, your community or already have a dinner planned, it couldn’t be easier to make a difference. All you need to do is:

  1. Request your Shine for ShelterBox pack.
  2. Invite family and friends for dinner
  3. Collect donations for ShelterBox.  

We invite you to raise as much as you can. Every penny and pound will help us provide essential aid items. Will you host a dinner to raise funds for families affected by disaster? 

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why host a dinner?


"We are cooking lunch for 100 people in the local community. We take it in turns to cook, so each day a different family cooks for the rest of the community." - Yolanda from Peru

As winter brings shorter days and darker nights, solar lights help families to re-establish their normal routines like cooking and eating dinner together. Family meals help to provide the framework for everyday life and establish a sense of normality. 

Imagine a disaster has taken away your home, you are forced to flee to safer grounds, but night falls. It’s so dark you can’t even see your own hands; let alone cook for your family or find your way to the nearest toilet.

For thousands of families around the world, this is a reality. By hosting a Shine for ShelterBox dinner, you can raise money to support these families with essential aid items like solar lights

Light and shelter make a home – they allow families to cook and eat together when darkness falls. Light and shelter can allow people to recover and regain a sense of normality after disaster. 

‘The solar lights have helped me and my wife to run our shop again.’ - Benito, a farmer from the Philippines. 

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Change lives with every bite


Rahma from Somaliland
14-year-old Rahma from Somaliland uses her solar light to study in the evening when it gets dark. Her favourite subject is English.

By hosting a Shine for ShelterBox dinner you are raising money for solar lights, emergency shelter and other essential aid items.

For communities devastated by disaster, solar lights and shelter are more than just aid items. They allow families to cook meals at night and eat together, feeling safe at home with their loved ones. 

“My children are able to use the solar lights a lot, it helps them wake up and get ready for school in the morning and for my youngest she is now more comfortable with a light on at night when she sleeps” - Maria in the Philippines.

When whole communities have access to solar lights, it can help families feel less isolated at night. In Peru, solar lights helped families affected by mudslides, caused by torrential rains in 2017, to set up a community kitchen.

Different people would take turns to cook meals and the community would get together to talk and eat. Lucita from Peru said: “People don’t have plates or places to eat, so they come here, and we sit together.”

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How does my Shine dinner help?

Take a look at at how your Shine for ShelterBox dinner could help people like Stephano and Mary, who, after having lost everything after Cyclone Idai, were determined to rebuild their livelihoods in Malawi.

How you'll be changing lives


A ShelterBox tent shines bright from a solar light placed inside it. In Barbuda, we were able to provide tents and other essential aid to families affected by the Category 5 Hurricane Irma in 2017.

Family meals help to provide the framework for everyday life and establish a sense of normality. Every penny and pound will help us provide essential aid items.

“The light is bright and lovely. I charge it in the sunshine during the day and it makes a huge difference at night-time. It allows me to cook, to safely collect water and stay up after dark to get my life back to normal." - Catherine from Dominica.

By hosting a Shine for ShelterBox dinner you are also helping to raise awareness about the work that ShelterBox does, as well as raising vital funds. The more people that know about ShelterBox, the more likely we will see a world where no one is left without shelter after disaster.

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It’s easy to get started – sign up now and receive your FREE Shine for ShelterBox fundraising pack!

STEP 1. YOUR DETAILS
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STEP 2. ABOUT YOUR EVENT
When you sign up you'll receive all Shine for ShelterBox resources as part of a digital pack, however if you would like a printed pack sent to you in the post, please tick the box below. Please note there is a cost associated with printing and postage, please only tick this box if it is really needed.
By default in your postal pack you will receive a mini branded cardboard donation box, a paying in form and Gift Aid envelope. Please note all of the resources apart from the mini donation box and paper lantern are available to download.

Unfortunately, we are only able to send postal packs to UK residents.

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Frequently Asked Questions


How does hosting a Shine for Shelterbox dinner help families affected by disaster?

Every penny and pound you raise helps us to provide essential aid items to families affected by disaster. By hosting a Shine for ShelterBox dinner you are also helping to raise awareness about the work that ShelterBox does. The more people that know about ShelterBox, the more likely we will see a world where no one is left without shelter.

Do I have to host a dinner?

Whether a disaster has happened or not, cooking and eating dinner is a vital part of everyday routine. It helps establish a sense of normality. However, if having a dinner gathering is not your thing then don’t worry, you can adapt it to your plans. People have previously made Shine for ShelterBox into a wreath making workshop, a school fare or a quiz night. Just make sure you let us know your plans so we can celebrate your event.

How many people do I have to invite to a Shine for ShelterBox dinner?

Whether you want to fill the house with your local community or just have your closest friends and family, choose as many guests as you can comfortably manage for a fun, stress-free evening.

Where can I get help on what to do for a Shine for ShelterBox dinner?

Anyone signing up to host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner can choose to either download or receive a physical fundraising pack. This will include everything you need to know about Shine for ShelterBox and resources to help plan your evening.

Do I have to host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner in winter?

Shine for ShelterBox dinners are usually held in winter as nights draw in and days get shorter. This is a great time to get together with your friends, family or community and raise vital funds for families affected by disaster. However, if you are too busy this winter then don’t worry, you can host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner whenever suits you best, just be sure to let us know what you are planning.

Does my Shine for ShelterBox dinner have to be at home?

No, your Shine for ShelterBox dinner can be at home, in a restaurant you love or in your village hall, or anywhere else. It's completely up to you, the most important thing is to get together with your friends, family or community and raise vital funds for families affected by disaster.

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