Etcetera - 02/18/10

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With funds raised since Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla's Jan. 14 meeting, and with the club matching those funds the group is purchasing a complete Shelter Box to send to Haiti.

Shelter Box is a grassroots Rotary club project that has rapidly grown to the international level.

Tom Henderson, a member of the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, Cornwall District in Great Britain, conceived and developed the Shelter Box project for his club's Millennium Service Project.

Struck by the urgent worldwide need for a self-contained emergency shelter unit when disaster occurs, Tom designed a tent, researched suppliers and through trial and error developed the Shelter Box.

The international relief agency Feed the Children called Tom's Shelter Box "the best disaster relief tool they have seen in their 20 years of experience."

Working primarily through UK Rotary clubs, Tom and his club succeeded in exposing the Shelter Box project to more than 25 million Brits. As a result, distributed provided shelter for approximately one-third of a million people in the last six years.

After exhibiting at the 2003 Rotary International Conference, Shelter Box USA initiated two other national affiliates: Shelter Box Down Under in Australia and Shelter-Box Canada. Shelter Box Japan is the newest global partner.

The price of a complete Shelter Box is $1,000. This includes the purchase of new Box items, assembly, warehousing and subsequent delivery to the site location and standard administrative costs.

Shelter boxes are prepared and packed using all new materials at the warehouse based in Helston, Cornwall. The standard Shelter Box weighs 110 pounds. They are sealed and banded for transit and security. Box contents vary depending on the nature of the disaster requiring their use. Noon Rotary Club of Walla Walla will continue to collect funds to purchase more Shelter Boxes for people of Haiti.

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Fred Moore, president of the Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club reported with great sadness that fellow Rotarian and past District Governor Gene Frank, died Monday at Providence St. Mary Medical Center. They are keeping Gene's wife, Jean, and their family in their prayers. A celebration of life will be from 2-4 p.m. Saturday at Walla Walla Country Club. Memorial contributions may be made to Walla Walla Sunrise Rotary Club, Christian Aid Center or Retired Teachers Scholarship Fund or a charity of the donor's choice.

Etcetera appears in daily and Sunday editions. Annie Charnley Eveland can be reached at annieeveland@wwub.com or afternoons at 526-8313.

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