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How Would You Manage If Your House Was Destroyed?


In the UK we are very fortunate, by and large. True, disasters occur, but in general they are small-scale, affecting tens or hundreds of people rather than tens or hundreds of thousands. Since the devastation of the second world war we have not had to face the problem of finding immediate shelter for whole towns and cities. But we should always remember that other parts of the world are not so lucky. The tsunami of 2004 killed a quarter of a million people, and rendered millions in urgent need of relief.

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How Big Does A Disaster Have To Be?


The tsunami was one of the biggest disasters in recorded history, but every month, every week, smaller disasters occur around the world: fires, earthquakes, storms, landslips; but here is one area where size does not matter. For each individual, the loss of family members, house and possessions is the ultimate disaster. So although the problems created by disasters can be on a global scale, the solutions are really on an individual scale.


In 2000, one Rotarian in the Club of Helston-Lizard, in Cornwall, had the brainwave of pre-packing emergency supplies in robust plastic boxes, and sending these as quickly as possible to areas of greatest need. In the short time since then, the idea of ShelterBoxes has become the largest Club project in Rotary’s 100 year history.

Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.


The cost of a box is £595, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the ShelterBox website


Highly trained ShelterBox Response Teams distribute boxes on the ground, working closely with local organisations, international aid agencies and Rotary clubs worldwide.


Since its inception in 2000, ShelterBox has firmly established itself at the forefront of international disaster relief providing shelter and dignity following over 80 disasters in more than 50 countries. So far, some 55,000 boxes have been despatched.

You, Too, Can Sponsor A ShelterBox!

Schools, Clubs, Offices, Churches, Individuals...


Southport Rotary Club members are proud to have contributed to ShelterBox’s relief efforts world-wide, and we will continue to do so. But the need is great, and on-going. There will always be a requirement for more boxes.


Sponsoring a box, or donating towards the cost of a box, is easy. ShelterBox has its own website, with the latest information about deployment of boxes, together with the opportunity to donate on-line, or you can contact Southport Rotary Club, and we will channel your donation in the right direction. Click on the ShelterBox above to go staight to the ShelterBox website, or use the scroll to the right to contact us directly.


Keep up to date: read the latest news from ShelterBox in their news feed, seen on the right. Each headline is a link to a page on the ShelterBox website - just click to go there!

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