On Saturday 12 October 2013 three lovely gentlemen from Sheffield’s Rotary Club brought ‘their’ Shelterbox and all its contents to our Headquarters for our special fundraising day. After much planning and liaison, the great day had finally arrived.
The huge white tent was erected in our main hall for all to explore. The rest of the contents of the box was displayed too.
- There was a multi-fuel stove which doubles as a heater, cooking pots and pans; enough crockery and cutlery for a family’s needs.
- There were sleeping bags and mats as well as the all-important mosquito-nets for warmth and safety.
- There was a water bag and pipes and purification system, to collect and make safe drinking water.
- There was a toolkit to enable the family to build their home again.
- There was even a set of books and crayons for the children.
All this fitted into a big green box which itself had been used for many diverse purposes from water storage to baby’s cradle.
All morning, the various stalls did a roaring trade, pausing only to hear about some of the history of the Shelterbox charity, and the current projects it is involved in. The home-baked cakes were selling like hot cakes, and the tea and coffee flowed. Those stopping for lunch had a tough choice between bread and homemade soup or freshly cooked Thai delights. Raffle tickets were frantically unfolded at the tombola stand, and loose change was used to create a Shelterbox coin mosaic.
Later in the day, three of our newest Beaver Scouts were invested in the Shelterbox tent – surely one of the coolest investitures ever – after which visitors were entertained by one of Nottingham’s top Thai chefs demonstrating the art of melon carving.
In the afternoon, her Worship the Mayor of Broxtowe, Councillor Iris White came to see what was in the box. She was shown round by Scouts Ranjeet and Reuben who explained all about the charity.
At the end of the day, when everything was packed away, we had raised almost enough to buy an entire Shelterbox.
- Thank you to everyone who supported the day.
- Thank you to the local churches, shops, pubs and businesses for helping to publicise this event.
- Thank you to the guys from the Rotary Clubs of Sheffield and Derby for bringing the Tent and, of course, the box.
- Thank you to the soup makers, the cake bakers and the Thai Chefs who gave so much of their time for ShelterBox.
- Thank you to all the stallholders who donated their time and efforts to raise funds for ShelterBox.
- Thank you to all who came to find out more about the work of ShelterBox, and donated so generously.
Some of the leaders, though, only had a couple of hours off before they were back at the HQ to provide 25 young people with a real Shelterbox experience…