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Press release: ShelterBox’s Ukraine response receives funding boost

A donation by the Z Zurich Foundation will help fund the charity’s work in Ukraine

20 December 2022

Ukrainian woman in winter hat stands by window

Press release – 20 December 2022

ShelterBox’s vital and ongoing work supporting people affected by the war in Ukraine has been boosted thanks to a donation by the Z Zurich Foundation. 

As winter creeps in and temperatures dip as low as –15 degrees centigrade, the international disaster relief charity ShelterBox has essential aid in Ukraine designed to help people survive the long and bitter winter.  

With electricity and gas supplies limited, people are facing temperatures inside their homes that are potentially life threatening, which is why ShelterBox is giving people thermal blankets, clothing, emergency repair kits, solid fuel stoves, and a supply of firewood that will last the average family through the winter. 

A donation by the Z Zurich Foundation, a Swiss-based charitable foundation established by members of the Zurich Insurance Group, will help fund the charity’s work in Ukraine.  

“When the crisis started in February, the Z Zurich Foundation launched an immediate humanitarian response to support emergency efforts and assist people fleeing Ukraine,” says Gregory Renand, Head of the Z Zurich Foundation. 

“As winter sets in, the need for assistance is greater than ever. With this donation, we are also recognizing the commitment of our stakeholders who have joined forces and gone above and beyond to support the most vulnerable of this crisis. Doing the right thing when it matters the most is one of our core values.” 

Trusts and Foundations Manager at ShelterBox, Natalie Pougher adds: “The support of partners like the Z Zurich Foundation is crucial to funding the work we’re doing to help people in Ukraine and around the world with emergency shelter and other essential aid items.  

“The humanitarian need in Ukraine is huge, especially with temperatures plummeting, and we’ll be doing everything we can to support people whose homes have been destroyed or damaged by the war. The funding from Z Zurich Foundation will directly help people living in freezing conditions in Ukraine to stay warm and dry this winter and we know from speaking to affected individuals what a life changing difference our aid can have.” 

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For more information contact the press office at ShelterBox via [email protected].   

About ShelterBox    

ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and other essential items to families who have lost their homes to disasters. With operational headquarters in Cornwall, the charity also has 13 affiliate organisations worldwide.    

The charity has been Rotary International’s project partner in disaster relief since 2012. ShelterBox has supported more than 2 million people since it was founded in 2000.   

About Z Zurich Foundation 

The Z Zurich Foundation works alongside Zurich Insurance Group employees and other stakeholders as well as with governments and NGOs in pursuit of a future where people can thrive in the face of increasing climate hazards, where those of us feeling the stresses of life are empowered to speak up, and where the marginalized in our society can reach their full potential.  

The Z Zurich Foundation is a Swiss-based charitable foundation established by members of the Zurich Insurance Group. It is the main vehicle by which Zurich Insurance Group delivers on its global community investment strategy. 

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