Donations continue to pour in for the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club's ShelterBox campaign to aid Japanese earthquake and tsunami victims.

Gordon Terrace Elementary School is the latest donor to come aboard with a $1,000 donation to boost the grand total to $2,450, well over half way to the $3,000 total needed to pay for three of the life-sustaining boxes that have done so much to aid the victims recovering from the Japanese disaster.

Janet Levang, a Grade six teacher at the southside school, said Gordon Terrace students had already raised more than $1,000 for a day at Silverwood in May including $10 each for spending money at the amusement park. Now, instead of the spending money being used at Silverwood, the students decided to give it to the ShelterBox campaign and bring their own money to spend at Silverwood, Levang said.

"What they've decided to do is fantastic," said Levang. "They're great kids."


In addition to the money donated by the Gordon Terrace students, several private Cranbrook residents have also made donations to bring the amount raised close to the $2,000 mark. The tax-deductible charitable donations can be dropped off at the Daily Townsman which is also acting as a partner in the campaign. Cheques should be made out to the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club, which has already sent a cheque for $3,000 to ShelterBox Canada, paying for three boxes which are assembled at various locations in Canada and abroad.

Sunrise Rotary Club members are also hoping to have a ShelterBox set up during Sam Steele Days in June. "It becomes a lot more real to people when they can actually see the box and appreciate what it can do," said Bishop.

ShelterBox crews were on the ground in Japan within 24 hours of the giant 9.0 quake March 11 that spawned the tsunami disaster that killed an estimated 25,000 and caused billions in property damage. Despite the enormity of the loss, Japan is already showing strong signs of recovery, said United Kingdom ShelterBox spokesman Tom Lay.

"The country and the people are doing a phenomenal job of recovering. The progress of the clean up operation is creating a massive psychological and emotional benefit. There's very much a feeling of Japan standing back up after a knockout blow and still fighting.

Those interested in making a donation to the program can drop off cheques at the Cranbrook Daily Townsman office. Cheques should be made payable to the Cranbrook Sunrise Rotary Club. Tax deductible receipts will be issued.