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Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines on Friday, November 8, 2013, setting off landslides knocking out power in several provinces, and cutting communications in the country's central region. Thousands of lives are feared to have been lost, with a large number of injuries and destruction of property and infrastructure.
  • Largest storm ever recorded (category 5) with winds up to 195 mph and gusts up to 235 mph.
  • Approximately, 10 million people are affected. Of those affected, 4.9 million are children.
  • Death toll exceeds 10,000.

Rotary International is an international project partner with ShelterBox Canada to be able to respond instantly to disasters around the world. The program provides an emergency shelter and life-saving supplies that families need to survive in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. 

A typical ShelterBox costs $1,000 and contains a family tent, blankets, water purification, cooking utensils, a stove, a tool kit, a children’s activity pack and other vital items. Highly trained ShelterBox Response Team volunteers deliver aid, working with other international organizations and local partners.

The Rotary Club of Timmins-Porcupine purchased this past week 2 ShelterBoxes for the people of the Philippines - another great example of Rotarians putting into practice the club’s motto:  “Service above Self”.