Rotary ShelterBox Response Team meets Philippines’ President
A further 118 ShelterBoxes have arrived in the Philippines as ShelterBox
continues to help people rebuild their lives after Typhoon Morakot.
An initial 224 ShelterBoxes arrived in the country in the immediate
aftermath of the typhoon. They were sent to provide emergency shelter
for close to 2,000 people who lost their homes when a 1km section of the
5km Bucao Dike collapsed.
The initial ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) members Peter Pearce (AU) and Ross Mackenzie (NZ) were joined by Lizzy Treglown (UK) and
Denise Ho (USA) last week. With the help of the local government, the Philippine Army, the police, the Red Cross, local Rotarians and local students the team set up the first ShelterBox camp.
After identifying the need for more ShelterBoxes, the team requested a
further consignment be sent. They specifically requested eight
‘Classroom in a Box’ boxes as many schools were also destroyed when the
dike collapsed. The 110 ShelterBoxes and 8 Classrooms in a Box arrived
in the Philippines at the weekend.
The ShelterBoxes were packed and shipped from ShelterBox HQ in Helston,
Cornwall, UK with Tony Treglown, Lizzy Treglown’s father, joining the
team of volunteers to help pack the boxes that were met by his daughter
in the Philippines.
On Monday, August 24 SRT members Lizzy Treglown and Denise Ho met
Philippine President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo who was visiting the
affected area where ShelterBox tents have been set up.
‘We met the president briefly this morning and talked with her about ShelterBox. The local government have been a great help, the
locals have cleared a large area of land for us, they’ve brought earth
to fill in holes and raise some of the land for the tents.’
SRT member Ross Mackenzie has now returned to New Zealand but SRT member Hans Van Dyk (AU) has joined up with the rest of the team.
Charles Kelly is President of Elstree and Borehamwood Rotary Club