Sunday 18 November 2012
HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visits ShelterBox New Zealand
This week ShelterBox President and Royal patron HRH The Duchess of Cornwall visited ShelterBox New Zealand in recognition of the post-earthquake efforts in Christchurch and ShelterBox’s contributions to disaster relief around the world.
ShelterBox was quick to respond to the devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck Christchurch, New Zealand in February 2011. ShelterBox Response Team (SRT) volunteers Walter van der Kley, Arnold Kelly and Lyndon Tamblyn immediately mobilized to Christchurch. During the Royal visit in Christchurch, the SRT was able to show Her Royal Highness the custom-made tent and equipment that ShelterBox deploys following disasters.
The Duchess of Cornwall was first introduced to the work of ShelterBox during a visit with the Prince of Wales to Pakistan in 2006, where they saw the charity’s work in the aftermath of the Kashmiri earthquake. Her Royal Highness was so impressed by ShelterBox’s innovative relief concept that she agreed to become President of the charity to show her support for their work.
As President of ShelterBox, Her Royal Highness has a strong interest in the work of the charity and visited the ShelterBox headquarters in Helston, Cornwall in 2010. She personally thanked volunteers who had provided relief for people affected by the earthquake in Haiti, during which ShelterBox deployed some 28,000 boxes providing shelter, warmth and dignity to more than 300,000 people.
"ShelterBox’s strength and ability to respond quickly are a testament to the fantastic support and goodwill of its volunteers all around the world,” says Her Royal Highness. “I am very proud to be the President of this wonderful charity and I have every faith that ShelterBox will continue to move from strength to strength over the next decade."
"We’re delighted and honored to host our President and Royal Patron in Christchurch," said Michael Cahill, ShelterBox New Zealand’s Communications Director. “This visit is a fantastic acknowledgement for ShelterBox and recognizes the many millions of people who have been affected not only by the Christchurch earthquake but also the people around the world who we have been able to help following natural or other disasters over the last decade."