Wednesday 20 June 2012
Canada Wraps Up Big ShelterBox Week
From June 9-16, ShelterBox Canada supporters across the country baked, cleared out their closets, and camped out to raise funds and awareness for disaster relief. From Yellowknife (NWT) to Kentville (NS), events and tents popped up at festivals, farmer’s markets, and in backyards.
Click here to see a video capturing the spirit of Big ShelterBox Week
Big ShelterBox Week is a global ShelterBox event, in which supporters from around the world host a variety of activities to spread the word about ShelterBox’s disaster relief efforts. Canadians got creative this year, planning sports events, backyard camp-outs, bake sales, and special school projects.
Some ShelterBox volunteers displayed their athleticism in raising funds, especially Christopher Davis from the Northwest Territories. At the Kluane Chilkat International Bike Race on June 16, Davis completed the grueling 240km bike relay as a solo team, raising money in support of ShelterBox Canada.
Kenora volunteers promoted ShelterBox throughout the community all week long, including showcasing the ShelterBox tent at the Rotary Club of Kenora's annual golf tournament on June 12th. They raised the profile of ShelterBox with a tent on display all week at the local rec centre, and the ever-active Kenora ambassadors also held a gently used camping good sale as well as several bake sales for Big ShelterBox Week.
In Innisfil, Ontario, a ShelterBox tent was set up for an entire week at City Hall. The dedicated volunteers also created a display at the Innisfil Festival of Classic Cars, pitching a tent and auctioning off beautifully-decorated ShelterBox-themed cakes. Their efforts attracted the attention of the Innisfil Fire Department, who graciously hosted a pancake breakfast. The pancakes must have been a hit; even the mayor attended!
ShelterBox is proud to have supporters of all ages, and extends a special thanks to twins Phoebe and Jasmine of Toronto. Instead of presents for their 7th birthday, they hosted a Big ShelterBox Campout and asked friends and family members to make a donation to ShelterBox.
Jasmine and Phoebe of Toronto celebrate their 7th birthday with a Big ShelterBox CampOut
At M.T. Davidson Public School in North Bay, Big ShelterBox Week was an opportunity to celebrate their student-led success in raising $3,000 for ShelterBox by holding a "bring your parent to school luncheon".
These are just a few of the many Big ShelterBox Week activities led by volunteers across Canada. ShelterBox Canada salutes the tireless efforts of volunteers nationwide and their continued creativity, ingenuity, and dedication.
Thanks to all of our wonderful fundraisers and donors for making Big ShelterBox Week such a success this year!