Rotary raises nearly $5,000 for ShelterBox

Through a project to help with Haiti relief efforts, the Rotary Club has raised $4,875 in Ponoka for the ShelterBox organization in just a few weeks.

  • Feb. 10, 2010 11:00 a.m.

By Jasmine Franklin

Through a project to help with Haiti relief efforts, the Rotary Club has raised $4,875 in Ponoka for the ShelterBox organization in just a few weeks.

During a meeting Feb. 3 president Gordon Friesen announced the dollar amount that the club has raised.

With the federal government’s matching grant, the club will have raised close to $10,000 providing 10 ShelterBoxes to the country.

Ten boxes can shelter up to 120 people.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that sends aid to those in immediate need of shelter. Inside the box is a 10-person tent, thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets, mosquito nets, water purification methods, tool kits, a wood-burning or multi-fuel stove and activities for children such as drawing books, pens and crayons.

Rotary will continue to collect funds for the cause until the end of February.

To donate, visit Accu Publishing and Design in Ponoka where all donations will be given directly to ShelterBox. For more information visit www.shelterbox.org