Peachland Rotary Club Wins a Silver ShelterBox Canada Hero Award
Beginning as a Rotary Club project in the UK in 2000 ShelterBox rapidly grew to become a worldwide relief organization. In 2010 ShelterBox Canada was registered under the global ShelterBox network, to provide emergency shelter and support to those in need around the world. ShelterBox Canada focuses on fundraising and awareness and since its inception has provided emergency shelter, essential items, and support to over 1.5 million people in 97 countries.
Shelterbox Canada works to provide relief to over 104 million people forced out of their homes due to conflict and natural disasters by providing them shelter so that they can begin their recovery with dignity.
ShelterBox responds to disasters by first understanding the impact and nuances of each emergency. Based on this analysis, it sends ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits to the vulnerable.
ShelterBoxes can include solar lights, water purification and storage equipment, thermal blankets, and cooking utensils.
ShelterKits can include toolkits, ropes, and tarpaulins to make emergency shelters, repair buildings, or create new homes. Both ShelterBoxes and ShelterKits are adapted for every disaster or region to best fit the current needs.
Rotary Clubs around the world can point to achievements of which they are especially proud, and which define their club in the eyes of its members, the larger Rotary world and its public.
Our Peachland Rotary Club is no different.
In our almost 25-year existence we have created some memorable achievements: the Centennial Pavilion, the Rotary Clock, the Ray Kandola Pier (in partnership with the Lions and Sportsmen’s Clubs), Peachlands’ historic mural, electronic assistance aids at the Elementary school and a host of community events, projects and sponsorships, local and international youth programs and involvement in a wide variety of overseas projects. No program, however, has had the long-term staying power of ShelterBox. In its immediate response to disaster, it carries with it much of the spirit and heartbeat of Rotary.
Since 2009 our Peachland Rotary Club has donated over fifty ShelterBoxes which for a club of our size is extremely impressive. Our District Governor elect, Marjolein Lloyd, mentioned that perhaps the only other District club supporting ShelterBox to the same degree would be the Kelowna Club.
The ShelterBox Canada Hero awards given to Rotary for 2020-21 are based on annual club contributions – Bronze $1,200, Silver $3,600, and Gold $6,000. In all of Canadas’ more than three hundred clubs, 112 merited bronze status, 16 Silver and 3 Gold. In our own Rotary District 5060, five Canadian clubs were recognized – Kelowna Sunrise, Lake Country, Penticton Sunrise and West Kelowna Daybreak which each received Bronze Awards. Peachland received Silver for the 2020 – 2021 Rotary year: a result of which the Club is justifiably proud.
So why is a Shelterbox Canada Hero award so important? Without the Community of Peachland rallying around our Rotary clubs’ fundraising efforts we would not have been able to consistently raise the much-needed funds to purchase Shelterboxes each year. It is because the people of Peachland are so generous that we can continue to help ShelterBox provide vital shelter and essential tools to help people in crisis in distant lands return to normality in the aftermath of natural disasters, conflict, and humanitarian crisis.
But these donations are so much more than just tents, blankets, clothing, food, water, solar lights, and tools. Our community’s continuing support has transformed lives and changed despair to hope.
So, thank-you Peachland: this Silver Shelterbox Canada Hero Award speaks to your ongoing commitment to an essential global program that truly does make a difference.
To see the impact on families all over the world and to learn more about Shelterbox www.shelterboxcanada
Peachland Rotary has sponsored 43 Shelter Boxes at a total cost of over $ 45,000 all of which have been deployed in disaster areas around the World.
We instantly respond to earthquake, volcano, flood, hurricane, cyclone, tsunami or conflict by delivering boxes of aid.
Each box supplies an extended family with a large 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.
Our Peachland Club members give their heartfelt thanks to the public for their generous donations at our annual summer Peace Concerts. We are all just ordinary people in a small community helping people in desperate need far away in the global community. Rotary is the catalyst in making things happen. View the recent letter from ShelterBox from the donations collected at the 2018 Peace Concerts.