Shine for ShelterBox

Host a dinner and raise vital funds to support families after disaster

Host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner and fundraise to support families after disaster with solar lights, emergency shelter and other essential items.

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What is Shine for Shelterbox?


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?


Yolanda cooking in Peru 2017
"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

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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How to shine for ShelterBox:


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Change lives with every bite


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

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


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.

  • £10 could provide a solar light
  • £30 could provide a kitchen set
  • £385 could provide a bespoke family tent.

“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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Barbuda tent under starry sky
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.

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.

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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