The Club actively supports ShelterBox which provides immediate aid to disaster areas. It was founded in 2000 by Rotarian Tom Henderson (a former Royal Navy Search and Rescue diver) with the support of his Rotary Club Helston-Lizard in Cornwall, which adopted it as its millennium project. He saw that the aid response to most disasters was in the form of food and medicine to help people survive the immediate aftermath. Little or no assistance was given in terms of proper shelter to help them through the first few days, weeks and months as they tried to rebuild their lives. ShelterBox was launched to fill that void, little did they know that it would become the largest Rotary club project in the world. In March 2012 ShelterBox became the first "Project Partner" of Rotary International. More detail can be seen here.
ShelterBoxes provide humanitarian aid in the form of a 10 person tent designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall.
Also included are: thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, stoves, cooking utensils, tools, water containers and purification equipment and a children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens.
For children who have lost most if not all their possessions these small gifts are treasured.
The great work of these boxes has been only too apparent in a response to desperate world-wide need over the last couple of years and can be seen in ShelterBox in Action on this website.
ShelterBox are immensely grateful for the generous donations of its supportters - in 2013 ShelterBox responded to 34 disasters in 18 different countries helping over 10,000 families anad since its inception they have responded to nearly 240 disasters in almost 90 different countries distributing over 136,000 boxes and helping well over 1 million people.
Since 2006, The Rotary Club of Belfast has donated 79 boxes 68 of which have been deployed helping over 600 people - most recently 20 boxes in 2010: 14 to Haiti and 3 each to Guatemala and Pakistan; 9 boxes in 2011 - 2 to the Philippines and 7 to Pakistan; in January 2012 1 box was sent to the Philippines and 10 boxes were deployed in 2013 5 each to DFR Korea and Sudan.
The Club donated 15 ShelterBoxes in 2013 and 6 so far this year 11 of these have yet to be deployed.
Distribution of The Rotary Club of Belfast's ShelterBox Donations
|2006||2||Islamabad, Pakistan||to assist those affected after recent earthquake|
|2||Yogykarta, Java||to assist those affected after recent earthquake|
|2||Dill, East Timor||to assist those affected after civil unrest|
|2007||2||Nairobi, Kenya||tents used to create 2 villages following flooding|
|12||Karachi, Pakistan||to aid cyclone Yemin victims|
|2008||3||Myanmara, Burma||to aid cyclone Nargis victims|
|3||Hargeisa, Somaliland||to assist returning refugees after civil war|
|2||Inaruwa, SE Nepal||to assist those affected by recent flooding|
|2010||14||Haiti||to assist those affected by recent earthquake|
|3||Guatemala||to assist those affected by recent flooding and tropical storm|
|3||Pakistan||to assist those affected by recent Cyclone and flooding|
|2011||2||Philippines||to assist those affected by tropical storm Juaning|
|7||Pakistan||to to assist those affected by flooding|
|2012||1||Philippines||to assist those affected by a tropical storm|
|2013||5||DR Korea||to assist those affected by a typhoon|
|5||Sudan||to assist those affected by flooding|
|5||yet to be deployed|
|2014||6||yet to be deployed|
The Club continues to support these boxes and in March 2010 the Club received a ShelterBox Bronze Award for the level of continued support.
We encourage any of our members who wish to support disaster relief work to donate to this very worthy Rotary Charity. Boxes cost around £590 and the Club asks members to seek support from their churches, clubs or kindred organisations in either, buying a Box in partnership, sponsoring one or making a contribution. We are deeply grateful to those members who have made personal donations (asking for no personal publicity) in supplying ShelterBoxes.
The Club thanks all those members who have contributed in any way.
The Club were delighted to receive a cheque for £650, presented by PP Derek Baxter to President Brian on Monday 21st March 2011, donated from Belvoir Park Golf Club's Winter League Charity Day to be forwarded to ShelterBox.
We are equally grateful to President Arthur who donated the proceeds of his President's Night. Rotaract, with their usual enthusiasm also stepped up to the mark by “camping” outside Queens Student Union in a ShelterBox tent displaying its lifesaving contents, raising ShelterBox's profile and, again, collecting much needed funds.
All sponsor money received contributes to the purchase of additional ShelterBoxes.