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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

The Shelter Box

There was a great program at Rotary today on what is called the Shelter Box. The concept grew out of a Rotary Club in Cornwallis, England by a single Rotarian, Tom Henderson.  Around since the year 2000, these boxes are sent to areas around the world when a disaster has occurred.  The boxes contain a tent that sleeps 10 (see the photo of the assembled tent) and can withstand 60 mile an hour winds.  They also contain stainless steel pots and pans, blankets, sleeping mats, mosquito nets, iodine tablets, a water filtration system, a wood fueled cooking stove, a tool kit and a children's game packet.  Rotary has distributed over 120,000 since 2000 to 88 countries on every continent around the world.  Each box costs around $1000 to assemble and ship.  Rotary's goal is to serve 500,000 people  through 50,000 boxes.  Every Rotary Club throughout our district has been tasked with supporting at least one Shelter Box this year.  This is why I love being a Rotarian, "Service Above Self."

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