Because you can, can, can!

>> Jan 18, 2010

If you met me in the street and I said I'd lost my wallet and didn't have enough bus fare to get home, would you give me £1?


If I was standing with my two small children and needed £1 for each of us, would you give it to me?


If you just watched my house fall down, my town being destroyed, family and friends killed. What would you give?

I usually get about 20 or so comments per post on this blog, I am asking that today, instead of leaving a comment (or as well as, if you wish), you go here and donate £1 towards a shelter box to help the people of Haiti. Just £1, that's all I'm asking. If you can afford more, give more, but if not, just £1 is enough.

If you were all to do that, that would be £20 raised.

Now if you were all to go back to your own blogs and ask the same thing of your readers, that would be (on the assumption that you get about 20 comments per post) another £400.

That is just short of one ShelterBox which would help 10 people.

And then if you were to ask those commenters to post it on their blogs, £8000.

That is a little over 16 ShelterBoxes which would help 160 people

Now imagine if everyone were to be feeling really generous and donated a fiver.

If you are reading this and haven't already blogged about the Haiti disaster and begged for help for these devastated people, consider yourself tagged. Pass this on and help raise funds for these people who have just lost everything. Everything. I can't even imagine that.

UK tax payers, when donating please don't forget to tick the gift aid box.  That way the tax man will make a nice contribution too.

What does your £1 donation (or more if you are feeling generous/can afford it) go towards? One of these.

A ShelterBox

Each box costs an average of £490 including all materials, packing, storage and distribution to individual recipients worldwide. Based on six months use only this equates to 27 pence per person per day.

At the heart of every ShelterBox is a ten-person tent. It is custom made for ShelterBox by Vango, one of the world’s leading tent manufacturers, and is designed to withstand extreme temperatures, high winds and heavy rainfall. Internally, each tent has privacy partitions that allow recipients to divide the space as they see fit.

A smile
Every box contains a children’s pack containing drawing books, crayons and pens. For children who have lostmost, if not all,their possessions, these small gifts are treasured.

Warmth and protection
In addition to the tent, the boxes contain a range of other survival equipment including thermal blankets and insulated ground sheets, essential in areas where temperatures plummet at nightfall. Where malaria is prevalent mosquito nets are supplied, as well a life saving means of water purification. Water supplies often become contaminated after a major disaster, as infrastructure and sanitation systems are destroyed, this presents a secondary but no less dangerous threat to survivors than the initial disaster itself.

Self sufficiency
A basic tool kit containing a hammer, axe, saw, trenching shovel, hoe head, pliers and wire cutters can be found in every box. These items enable people to improve their immediate environment, by chopping firewood or digging a latrine, for example. Then, when it is possible, to start repairing or rebuilding the home they were forced to leave.

Fit for purpose
Every item is durable, practical and brand new. The box itself is lightweight and waterproof and has been used for a variety of purposes in the past - from water and food storage containers to a cot for a newly born baby.

A heart to the home
A key piece in every box is either a wood burning or multi-fuel stove - that can burn anything from diesel to old paint. This provides the heart of the new home where water is boiled, food is cooked and families congregate. In addition, there are pans, utensils, bowls, mugs and water storage containers.

We keep a broad range of equipment in stock so we can adapt the contents of a box to a specific disaster. For example, following the Javanese earthquake in 2006, when some resources were available locally or could be salvaged from one storey buildings, the overwhelming need was for shelter – so we just sent tents, packing two in each box.

Donating couldn't be easier.  Simply go to  Bloggers For Haiti JustGiving page.
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