Monday 20 August 2012
Summer Open Day raises over £11,000 for ShelterBoxVisitors learnt how ShelterBox operates and spoke to Response Team members about their experiences in the field.
On Saturday 18 August, over 270 people visited the ShelterBox headquarters to see behind the scenes of a disaster relief charity at the ShelterBox Open Day. The event, which happens biannually, raised over £11,000 for disaster relief.
People travelled from afar to learn how ShelterBox operates, see the specialist equipment that gets sent out to disaster zones and speak to Response Team members about their experiences in the field.
ShelterBox Operations Coordinator, Tom Lay, gave a presentation on ‘ShelterBox Operations and Logistics’. This presentation provided a valuable insight into the process of monitoring disasters, making the decision to respond and then assembling a Response Team to deliver aid to the country and families in need.
ShelterBox Response Team Volunteer, Sallie Buck, later gave a presentation entitled ‘Reflections from Peru’. Five months ago, Peru was struck by two separate disasters that left thousands of people homeless. Alison recently returned from a monitoring and evaluation programme that assessed the effectiveness of ShelterBox’s work there.
Hot drinks and cakes were provided by Cornish businesses Origin Coffee and The Baking Bird.
Upon leaving, one visitor said that ShelterBox is an ‘amazing place and very humbling.’ Another vistor said: ‘It was really interesting. We learnt a lot of things that we didn’t know and took time talking to the volunteers. Such good work!’
Laura Jepson, Event Organiser, said: ‘Saturday’s Open Day was a brilliant opportunity to communicate with both new and existing supporters and speak to them about our work. We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who visited and continuously supports us as they are the people that make the work that we do at ShelterBox possible.’
If you missed the Open Day but would like to find out more about ShelterBox, click on the video above - 'An Interactive Introduction to the Warehouse'.