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‘The world isn’t actually all that big’. Now Toby Little’s inspirational letters to the world are published by Penguin

Shelterbox News - Mon, 2016-03-28 00:00

In 2013 a five year old ShelterBox supporter embarked on a project that was to enchant and engage people on every continent. Now aged eight, Toby’s letter-writing odyssey is launched in print as ‘Dear World, How Are You?’   

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ShelterBox helps to plan HRH Prince Harry’s Royal visit to Nepal

Shelterbox News - Mon, 2016-03-21 01:00

UK-based ShelterBox has met HRH Prince Harry twice in the last year, once in New Zealand last May and again at the Royal Film Performance in October. And with its long experience of responding to Nepal’s earthquakes, little surprise that ShelterBox was invited to help plan the Royal tour

Categories: Charity News

Japan earthquake and tsunami remembered five years on

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-03-11 01:00

Five years ago today on 11 March 2011 an earthquake off Japan's northeastern coast triggered a tsunami that caused catastrophic destruction. Around 19,000 people died, and it is etched in all our memories because the waves' encroachment was televised live

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ShelterBox to become a two-centre operation, with its packing warehouse in Helston and a new HQ in Truro

Shelterbox News - Wed, 2016-03-09 01:00

Cornwall’s home-grown disaster relief agency ShelterBox is set to operate from two sites starting this summer. Every distinctive green ShelterBox will still be packed by hand at its warehouse in Helston, but for the first time most staff will be under one roof in the city centre of Truro

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ShelterBox’s £1 million response to plea for Fiji ‘to get back on its feet’ after cyclone devastation

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-03-04 01:00

On the day that the United Nations and the Fiji Government have launched an emergency appeal to help islanders recover from Cyclone Winston, UK-based ShelterBox unveils its biggest response ever to a storm disaster in the South Pacific

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ShelterBox aid arrives in the cyclone-struck Fiji islands - by superyacht, catamaran and traditional long boat

Shelterbox News - Wed, 2016-03-02 01:00

A flotilla of boats has been mobilised to spread aid across Fiji’s 330 islands in the aftermath of Cyclone Winston, the most powerful storm ever recorded in the southern hemisphere.

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Amazing video – the ‘school in a cave’ in Syria. ShelterBox aid arrives in Aleppo as fragile ceasefire holds

Shelterbox News - Sun, 2016-02-28 01:00

The children of Syria have seen their cities bombed, their homes destroyed, their lives become a flight from war. Incredibly, ShelterBox’s partners ‘Hand in Hand for Syria’ found a classroom of youngsters learning in a makeshift school in the relative calm and cool of an underground cave. 

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‘We’ve broken our own rules just so we can support these unfortunate people. Flexibility can save lives.’ - ShelterBox’s Sam Hewett prepares to oversee a second wave of ShelterBox aid for Aleppo

Shelterbox News - Tue, 2016-02-23 01:00

As ShelterBox Operations Co-ordinator Sam Hewett returns to the Turkey/Syria border for the second time in a fortnight, he invites us all to empathise with families on the run or besieged in a city at war.

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ShelterBox has aid on Fiji and is mobilising a response team as Cyclone Winston bears down

Shelterbox News - Sat, 2016-02-20 01:00

A category 5 ‘megastorm’ tropical cyclone has made landfall in the Pacific nation of Fiji. UK disaster relief agency ShelterBox already has aid stored on the islands, and is mobilising teams and aid from New Zealand and Australia

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‘Rushing towards a closing door’ - UK’s ShelterBox and partners face uncertainty over aid routes into the world’s largest besieged city

Shelterbox News - Sat, 2016-02-20 01:00

Syria’s largest city is in a stranglehold. Over 70,000 people have fled north towards Turkey, but at least 300,000 remain in appalling conditions, with aid routes into the city uncertain and unsafe. ShelterBox and its charity partners are determined to do all they can to reach families in need.

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‘Responding rapidly to a crisis within a crisis’ - Tents and shelter kits from UK charity heading from Turkey into Aleppo and Syrian camps

Shelterbox News - Sat, 2016-02-13 01:00

While the world debates a deal for ceasing hostilities in Syria, aid agencies including Cornwall-based ShelterBox are mobilising to take aid from Turkey into camps for the displaced, and to the city of Aleppo.

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‘These people have suffered enough’ - ShelterBox team arrives in Turkey as tens of thousands of Syrian refugees are caught in limbo

Shelterbox News - Mon, 2016-02-08 01:00

UK agency ShelterBox is on the Turkey / Syria border responding to a humanitarian stand-off. Up to 70,000 Syrians have fled increased violence around Aleppo trying to enter Turkey's Kilis region, only to find the border closed despite EU appeals to let them cross.

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Raise your heartrate, raise some cash - the UK’s big-hearted disaster relief agency ShelterBox is launching its greatest challenge season ever

Shelterbox News - Fri, 2016-01-29 01:00

The Cornwall-based charity backed by famous action heroes and endurance sportsmen -  Sir Ben Ainslie, James Cracknell OBE, Ben Fogle, the Harlequins rugby team – is now planning its biggest-ever series of challenge fundraising events from April to October

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Champions of Change Awards

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-04-25 20:44

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will present the first ever Rotary Champions of Change Awards at a prestigious ceremony in June. In recognition of the tremendous work done by Rotarians in Great Britain and Ireland, the Secretary of State for Scotland has made the facilities of the Scotland Office, Dover House in Whitehall, available for the event on June 25th.

From nominations put forward by the Rotary district governors, 12 Rotarians will be selected to attend the event, along with their local MP.

In a world competing for volunteers and volunteer hours, it is more important than ever to recognise unsung heroes. Rotarians work tirelessly to champion change, do good and enhance lives by their initiatives. There are many who do just that — the quiet ones, the industrious ones and the imaginative ones — many of whom until now have gone unrecognised.

The categories for nomination are:
For outstanding volunteer work, primarily focused on addressing humanitarian concerns within Great Britain and Ireland.

For outstanding volunteer work primarily focused on addressing international humanitarian challenges outside Great Britain and Ireland.

Nominations close on Thursday May 22, after which the selection panel will identify the final recipients who will be invited to Dover House to receive their awards.

RIBI President Nan McCreadie said: “This is a wonderful opportunity to recognise Rotarians who give their time and talents to help communities at a time when they need it most. Rotarians come from all walks of life, they are men and women who want to make a difference.”

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Champions of Change Awards

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Fri, 2014-04-25 11:12

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will present the first ever Rotary Champions of Change Awards at a ...

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Young Chefs head for final

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-23 19:31

Budding young chefs are turning up the heat in Dundee on Saturday 26 April as the national final gets underway in the RIBI Young Chef competition. The competition is held in association with Filippo Berio, the UK’s leading olive oil brand.

The final eight contestants, who are each sponsored by Rotary clubs in their local area, have beaten thousands of others from schools and colleges all over Great Britain and Ireland to reach the final. The young cooking enthusiasts aged between 14 and 17 years old, will each prepare a healthy three course meal for two people in two hours, within a budget of £15 at Dundee and Angus College, Dundee.

The contestants have been on a long journey to the grand final but it is worth it for the experience and a chance to win the trip of a lifetime to the prestigious Toscana Saporita cookery school in Tuscany, courtesy of Filippo Berio.

RIBI President Nan McCreadie, who will be attending the final said: “This competition produces outstanding quality dishes and I do not envy the judges task of picking one winner. I hope that the competition encourages more young people to eat well, grow up with a love of good healthy food and give them the desire to learn more cooking skills.”

This year’s judges are Walter Zanre, Managing Director, Filippo Berio UK, Valentine Warner, Food Writer and Broadcaster, Christopher Basten, National Chairman of the Craft Guild of Chefs and Jordon Powell, winner of last year’s RIBI Young Chef competition.

The Young Chef finalists are:
Anthony Sparks       Rotary Club of Golders Green
Cliona McCarthy      Rotary Club of Navan
Lora Blackett           Rotary Club of Skegness
Maireed Melvin        Rotary Club of Dunfermline Carnegie
Mathew Thomas      Rotary Club of Northwich
Olivia Pearce           Rotary Club of Bideford
Roxanne Ryan         Rotary Club of Cirencester
Tom Hamblet           Rotary Club of Horsham


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Young Chefs head for final

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Wed, 2014-04-23 10:46

Budding young chefs are turning up the heat in Dundee on Saturday 26 April as the national final get...

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A conference for education

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-22 18:15

Over 1,500 Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland attended the 89th RIBI Annual Conference at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham. Speakers included Alison Wallace, CEO of ShelterBox, Major General Martin Rutledge of The Soldiers’ Charity, Lord Digby Jones, Sarah Brown, wife of former Prime Minister Gordon and special guest, Malala Yousafzai.

Malala was accompanied by Sarah Brown, who spoke about the United Nations project which aims to provide education for 55 million children around the world by 2015. Malala’s prime interest in life is education and she is a leading campaigner for education for girls in her home country of Pakistan. Malala was interviewed live on stage by Sarah and received a standing ovation.

The conference was marked by a display of survival boxes by the charity ShelterBox in Centenary Square, which enabled members of the public to see how the money they donate to disasters such as the recent typhoon in the Philippines is spent. ITV Central news covered the story with an interview by Rotary General Secretary, Amanda Watkin.

Other speakers included newscaster, Charlene White, former BBC war correspondent Martin Bell, the broadcaster Dallas Campbell and Jane Walker MBE.


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A conference for education

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Tue, 2014-04-22 16:52

Over 1,500 Rotarians from Great Britain and Ireland attended the 89th RIBI Annual Conference at...

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Young Citizens live on BBC

Rotary International in Britain and Ireland - Thu, 2014-04-17 19:37

Winners of the Rotary International in Great Britain & Ireland (RIBI) Young Citizen Awards attended the International Convention Centre in Birmingham to receive their awards at the 89th RIBI Annual Conference.

Live coverage of the ceremony, hosted by the BBC’s Konnie Huq and Ellie Crisell, was broadcast on the BBC News Channel. The recipients of the awards - which celebrate the positive things that young people do to help others - also received a donation of £500 each to spend on their project.

The winners were Bethany Eason from the Wirral, who campaigns on behalf of deaf people, Davis College from Ireland, who have created a missing persons campaign, Eastlands Primary School from Rugby, who have made a film about cyber bullying, Harvey Parry from London, who has won multiple gold medals in disability sport and Lucy Daldy from Essex, who runs a charity to help victims of sexual abuse.

Nan McCreadie, President of RIBI said: “The achievements of these youngsters are an inspiration to us all. I am very proud of them and wish them all the very best in the future.”


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