Whistler sends more relief to Haiti 


The earthquake may have struck Haiti more than three months ago but more help is on the way from Whistler this week.

Local business owner, Bob Allison, who owns The Core, a climbing and fitness centre, dropped off a cheque for more than $1,700 to the Rotary Club of Whistler Tuesday morning.

The money was raised several months ago after Allison dedicated a day's worth of revenues from his facility including yoga and spin classes and climbing lessons and drop-in funds.

All of the instructors at the Core donated their teaching time that day and there was also a silent auction for the relief efforts in Haiti.

"It felt good," said Allison, of delivering the cheque. "It felt like the right thing to do."

The Rotary Club of Whistler boosted Allison's donation by more than $200 to buy two ShelterBoxes at $1,000 apiece.

Roughly 13,000 ShelterBoxes have been distributed in Haiti and thousands more are set to arrive to help the homeless in Haiti. This makes it the largest deployment of the boxes since the Indian Ocean Tsunami.

A ShelterBox includes a compact tent with provisions to sleep 10 people along with thermal blankets, tools, equipment and cooking aids.

An English Rotary Club first took up the idea of ShelterBox and now the project is administered and promoted by Rotarians.

Since the Haiti disaster thousands of Shelterboxes have also been sent to earthquake survivors in Chile.

If a private individual would like to go through the Rotary club and contribute to world disasters with Shelterbox, Rotary can issue a charity tax receipt.




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