ShelterBox has honoured Rotary International with the Global Humanitarian Service Award, in recognition of their outstanding partnership throughout the years.
CEO of Shelterbox Sanj Srikanthan presented the award to John Hewko, General Secretary of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation, at the award ceremony which took place during ShelterBox USA’s first-ever virtual event: An Evening to Experience ShelterBox on the 12th November.
The event celebrated 20 years of the disaster relief organization, and the impact that it has made for displaced families around the world in its efforts to provide emergency shelter and supplies after disaster.
John Hewko said: “This award is really for every Rotary member in the world who has ever enabled this life saving work. Every club who has supported ShelterBox, every Rotarian and Rotaractor who has served as a ShelterBox Response team member and as an Ambassador, every District who has rallied support and every individual who has made this work possible!
“To think that what started as a single Rotary club project back in 2000 has now sheltered over 1.5 million people in nearly 100 countries around the world is just incredible.”
This award is really for every Rotary member in the world who has ever enabled this life saving work.
Shelterbox began as a millennium project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, in Cornwall, in 2000. The support of Rotary members and clubs around the world saw ShelterBox become Rotary’s Project Partner in Disaster Relief in 2012.
Rotary has been instrumental in ShelterBox’s growth. The partnership has helped to transform ShelterBox into an internationally recognized disaster relief charity. The mutual benefits are enormous.
ShelterBox receives incredible networking, logistical and financial support from Rotary and, equally, acts as a catalyst in encouraging more people all over the world to become involved with their local Rotary Club.
Sanj Srikanthan, CEO of Shelterbox added: “As CEO of ShelterBox it is a privilege to recognise the incredible support of so many around the world who make our work possible.
“As we mark the 20th year of ShelterBox, it is with great pride that we celebrate our longest standing partner and the cornerstone upon which ShelterBox is built, Rotary International.
As CEO of ShelterBox it is a privilege to recognise the incredible support of so many around the world who make our work possible.”
“Rotary truly is in the DNA of everything that we do. It was Rotarian “people of action” that founded ShelterBox in 2000, and it is because of the vast global network of Rotary International that ShelterBox has been able to bring live-saving shelter to 1.6 million people around the world.
“It is my honour to present ShelterBox’s first Global Humanitarian Service Award to Rotarians around the world who have been instrumental in making this work possible.”