Wednesday, October 28, 2009

The ShelterBox response to Western Samoa

Greetings from the ShelterBox Team, members of the Rotary Club of Mosgiel.

The ShelterBox response to Western Samoa

The deployment of our two ShelterBox Response Team members (SRTs) to Samoa has been completed with Owen Smith returning to Kerkeri yesterday and Walter van der Kley to Ashburton today, having completed a very successful mission. 80 ShelterBoxes have been distributed to the main island, and 2 of them going by yacht for their final delivery to the island of Nuiatoputapu.

This has been the first deployment by ShelterBox New Zealand into our own Rotary District areas, and we believe we have completed our mission extremely well. Obviously it has been a steep learning curve, and many things have been learnt, problem areas noted and improvements initiated. After discussions with ShelterBox HQ in England improvements are already being put into place which will speed up the delivery of boxes out of New Zealand in the future.

There has been considerable support financially for the replacement of the boxes that have been sent to Samoa, with erected tent demonstrations and other events up and down the country. Queenstown Rotary Club collected $3300 on one Saturday, and the Palmerston North Rotary Club raised $6500 one evening with a night of fun and entertainment at their local Regent Theatre. Inspirational support!


A note from ShelterBox UK: For your info we have committed 1000+ boxes for Sumatra on top of 674 to Java last month. We have also done 500+ for the Phillipines and 3 plane loads (750) for West Africa with aircraft provided by UNICEF and the French military.

please see the attachments for more details:

Your support for ShelterBox at this time is vital: The Need Exists-------The Needs Persists

Graham Beach

ShelterBox New Zealand co-ordinator for the Rotary Club of Mosgiel Charitable Trust

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