Posted by Tess Widdifield, Rotary and Community Fundraising Manager

In her December 2019 Newsletter, Tess Widdifield, the Rotary and Community Fundraising Manager for Shelterbox Canada and a member of The Rotary Club of Toronto Twilight, talks about Shelterbox responding to current disasters and current Shelterbox operations world wide.  Here's more of her newsletter...

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SHINE FOR SHELTERBOX: Make a difference this winter

On average, only 1 in 5 families receive the emergency shelter they desperately need following disaster or in times of conflict. ShelterBox knows that recovery starts with shelter. Having somewhere dry and warm to sleep, to prepare meals and be with your family, is vital for starting the long process of recovery. As winter brings shorter days and darker nights, solar lights help families to re-establish their normal routine and can help transform a shelter into a home.

Will you join Rotarians and Rotary Clubs all over the world to host a get together and raise funds for families affected by disaster?



  1. Host a Shine for ShelterBox dinner individual or as a club
Get together as a club, with other clubs in your District or with your wider community.
  1. Take over a club meeting
Change one of your Rotary Club meetings into a Shine for ShelterBox meeting and raise awareness of the importance of shelter after disaster, and inform your members about ShelterBox, Rotary’s Project Partner in disaster relief.
  1. Take over an existing event
Why not adapt a current club fellowship event to be a Shine for ShelterBox get together and raise vital funds for solar lights and other essential aid items.
“We had a lot of fun on our wine and cheese Shine evening. We invited a Rotary Club member and his wife to talk about their Camino adventure, and presented an overview of ShelterBox. It was a great social for many club members, their partners and friends. Social, Rotary awareness and ‘doing good in the world’ by supporting ShelterBox  - What could be better?” – Mike French, Member of the Rotary Club of Calgary West, Past District Governor 5360.
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Click here to read a story about what it takes to train for a ShelterBox Response team. 


The Rotary Action Toolkit

Are you looking for resources to support your fundraising and awareness activities for ShelterBox? Check out our new Rotary Action Toolkit. The toolkit is designed to provide information and tools you need to support the partnership between Rotary and ShelterBox in your communities. Access resources on how to fundraise, volunteer and access our training centre to use resources used by our ShelterBox Response Team members to help with your Club’s communication, goal setting and more.  Rotary club presidents around the world have also commented. Ace Robin, President of the Mataram Rotary Club, Indonesia, was caught up in the deadly earthquakes that hit Lombok in 2018. Her home survived, but many around her were destroyed. Through an agreement with the government-led response, Ace’s club was central to bringing ShelterBox aid to Indonesia. Thanks to their support, vulnerable members of the community received vital emergency shelter, including families with elderly relatives, pregnant women or new mothers. Ace said: ‘Working with ShelterBox taught us a lot – they showed us how to build shelter and select families to help. It also gave us a chance to show what Rotary is to local people.’ We are grateful for the incredible support and acts of partnership shown by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the world. If you would like to learn more about the partnership or how your club can support ShelterBox Canada, please visit our Action Toolkit at


Yours  in Rotary,

Tess Widdifield

Rotary and Community Fundraising Manager

The Rotary Club of Toronto Twilight


Celebrate the Rotary Family:

Host a community event to celebrate the impact of Rotary and ShelterBox’s partnership around the globe. Invite a ShelterBox Volunteer to share stories from the field and learn how your club can become a ShelterBox supporter or volunteer.


GET CONNECTED: Join the conversation : 

Did you know that there is a Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group on Facebook? It is a group that brings together Rotarians, ShelterBox Supporters, Staff and ShelterBox Response Teams to discuss all things ShelterBox and Rotary. It is a great place to see the latest operations updates, Rotary deployment information and video content to share with your Rotary Club. If you would like to join the group and conversation, please search for “Rotary and ShelterBox Support Group” on Facebook and ask to join the conversation!



Please contact Tess Widdifield and she will arrange a Shelterbox Ambassador to speak to your Rotary Club.  

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ShelterBox Canada – 159 Jane Street, Office 2, Toronto, ON M6S 3Y8






With the new Rotary year upon us there are so many ways to be the inspiration and make a difference in our communities and around the world. ShelterBox is looking for more dedicated individual across Canada to join our volunteer team. Whatever skills, knowledge or spare time you have, you can play a vital role in ensuring no family goes without shelter. Learn more about our various volunteer roles and how you can get involved in the 2019-20 Rotary year by visiting us at


About ShelterBox Canada: Canada is a registered charity that has been a part of the global ShelterBox network since 2010. We have a team of over 120 volunteers across the country who share their passion with us and help us raise awareness and fundraise across the country. There are ten Canadian ShelterBox Response Team members who work tirelessly with the rest of the International Response Team to deliver aid to families who need it around the world. To learn more about our board and staff click here .


ShelterBox and Rotary are official project partners in international disaster relief. ShelterBox is a registered charity independent of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation.  Since  2012, we have been neighbours, friends and community leaders. Their aim is to create positive, lasting change in communities at home and all over the world.project partners with Rotary International, a global community of 1.2 million. Rotary has supported ShelterBox from the start when a local club championed the simple idea to package up essential shelter items in our now-iconic ShelterBoxes. As ShelterBox grew, so did Rotary support, and we are now international project partners in disaster relief. This partnership has helped us to become who we are today. Our global network of ShelterBox affiliates, which provides all-round assistance, evolved from Rotary relationships.



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ShelterBox Canada – 159 Jane Street, Office 2, Toronto, ON M6S 3Y8

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