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Queen's collects funds for Haiti through ShelterBox

 
2010-01-20
[Donating money to ShelterBox at the display on the corner of University Avenue and Union Street]Students donating money to ShelterBox on the corner of
University and Union. Photo by Jeff Drake.

You can help support survivors of the devastating earthquake in Haiti by donating money to ShelterBox at the display on the corner of University Avenue and Union Street on January 22. 

“The immediate need is to get people safe and secure and into a shelter, and that’s what ShelterBox does,” says David Hallett, Director of Information Technology Services at Queen’s and ShelterBox response team member. “On Friday, we’ll be collecting money on campus to purchase ShelterBoxes and to cover the cost of delivering them to Haiti.”

Each ShelterBox is an actual box filled with emergency supplies. It contains a 10 person tent, thermal blankets, a camp stove, water containers, water purification tablets, cooking utensils and basic tools. It can house a family of ten for up to a year.

“It’s almost magical what happens when we get the tents set up and there is a resemblance of order again,” adds Mr. Hallett. “Once people are safe, and they know their families have a shelter, they can focus on rebuilding their community.”

The ShelterBox charity was started in 2000 by Rotary Clubs in the UK. It quickly became so popular that it grew into its own charity and Rotary Clubs around the world now support ShelterBox through fundraising. So far, ShelterBox has sent over 3,300 boxes to Haiti and hundreds more are waiting. Mr. Hallett will have the contents of a ShelterBox on display on Friday and donations will be accepted to help ship as many ShelterBoxes to Haiti as possible.

Everyone is encouraged to stop by the display at the corner of University Avenue and Union Street on Friday, January 22 between 8 am and 4 pm and learn more about Shelterbox. Donations can also be made online at www.shelterbox.ca.

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