................. .......................... On an ocean of tears, it's the life raft of laughter ..... that let's us float.

Cut Bait or Go Fishing

We are a group of friends, banding together to raise money for relief of the Haiti people. While searching for a way to get the most bang for everyone involved, we came across ShelterBox .
Shelterbox started in 2001 as a modest project by the Rotary Club of Helston-Lizard, England, and quickly garnered support among Rotary clubs worldwide. To date Shelterbox has raised $29 million and delivered aid to 40 countries in response to more than 70 disasters.

" Each box supplies an extended family of up to 10 people with a tent and lifesaving equipment to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents are tailored depending on the nature and location of the disaster, with great care taken sourcing every item to ensure it is robust enough to be of lasting value.

The cost of a box is £490, including delivery direct to those who need it. Each box bears its own unique number so as a donor you can track your box all the way to its recipient country via the website ".

So ........ Dear friends, let us all raise just $10 bucks each , and pay for this message in a bottle. That's 80 people. If we raise more , we buy us another bottle shaped as a box. Let us all come together and tax ourselves to help the saddest people we will ever see.
Your $10 bucks will will shelter 10 people, give them a place to rest, prepare meals, and begin to gain sense of place. Every time we find another 80 people we buy another box.
We shelter 1 person for 44 cents a day for 6 months. You can follow that $10 bucks where ever it takes us.

To join the TM Fish Camp , click here.

$10.00 U.S. = 6.30 British pounds.

Google exchange rate page.

Update 1/29/2010

When we started this project , the one thing we focused on was
getting the most bang for our buck. We chose to contribute to the
British site because the fund raising fee was lower there, and the
cost of the Box was 25% lower.

This choice , however means that American donations to a British
charity are not tax deductible.

This oversight is mine, and mine alone.

Colorado Bob



If you would like add content to the site , contact me at :

coloradobob1 at mac dot com.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Dealing in Despair

On August 11, box #51722 was shipped :

To aid those made homeless by the devastating floods in the Punjab area of north east Pakistan.

We have a 140 pound share in this box. Roughly $200.00.

Juan Cole: The media’s failure to cover “the great Pakistani deluge” is “itself a security threat” to America
Time magazine removes its Pakistan story -- titled "Through Hell And High Water" (!) -- from the cover of its U.S. edition

Saturday, May 22, 2010

Deployments at Last

Looks like Boxes #49952 & #49953 went to Chile. Here's the story about this deployment :
1,000 ShelterBoxes en route to Chile


Our box page at Shelter Box.

Monday, April 12, 2010

3 Months Since the Fault Slipped

It seems we got a shout out from Cornwall today.

Blog readers send 950 ShelterBoxes to help disaster survivors

An obscure blog has kick-started a massive fundraising campaign that resulted in donations of almost £50,000 for international disaster relief charity, ShelterBox.



Today is the 3 month mark, since the fault slipped. Here's today's report from ShelterBox :


ShelterBox has now delivered over 13,000 ShelterBoxes to families who lost everything in the 7.3-magnitude quake, with each box containing a disaster relief tent to house a family of up to 10 and other items essential for survival.


As the world marks the three-month anniversary of the disaster, ShelterBox is preparing to send another 5,000 boxes of aid – enough for a further 50,000 people – with thousands more ShelterBoxes due to arrive in Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince, during the coming months.



Read more

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Got an Email

Subject: Website Article

Hi Colorado Bob,

First off on behalf of ShelterBox let me thank you and all your
friends who have donated so generously. Raising almost £50,000 and
bringing shelter to almost 1,000 people is an amazing achievement.

We were hoping to put up an article on our website about your
efforts. I wanted to ask you a few questions about how the whole
idea started? What your expectations were? How surprised have been
by the response?

If this is something you are interested in please get back to me.
Thank you again for all your help.

Best regards,

Ed Kiernan
ShelterBox Volunteer

The Box Numbers

Feb. 1st

#46276 - £28.90

Feb. 2nd

#46594 - £490.00
#46595 - £490.00
#46715 - £ 30.03
#46716 - £ 62.17

Feb. 9th

#48530 - £490.00
#48531 - £490.00
#48532 - £490.00
#48533 - £490.00
#48534 - £490.00
#48535 - £490.00
#48536 - £490.00
#48537 - £490.00
#48538 - £490.00
#48539 - £490.00
#48540 - £490.00
#48541 - £490.00
#48542 - £490.00
#48543 - £490.00
#48544 - £490.00
#48545 - £490.00
#48546 - £490.00
#48547 - £490.00
#48548 - £490.00
#48549 - £490.00
#48550 - £490.00
#48551 - £490.00
#48552 - £490.00
#48553 - £490.00
#48554 - £490.00
#48555 - £490.00
#48556 - £490.00
#48557 - £490.00
#48558 - £490.00
#48559 - £490.00
#48560 - £490.00
#48561 - £490.00
#48562 - £490.00
#48563 - £490.00
#48564 - £490.00
#48565 - £490.00
#48566 - £490.00
#48567 - £490.00
#48568 - £490.00
#48569 - £490.00
#48570 - £490.00
#48571 - £490.00
#48572 - £490.00
#48573 - £490.00
#48574 - £490.00
#48575 - £490.00
#48576 - £490.00
#48577 - £490.00
#48578 - £490.00
#48579 - £490.00
#48580 - £490.00
#48581 - £490.00
#48582 - £490.00
#48583 - £490.00
#48584 - £490.00
#48585 - £490.00
#48586 - £490.00
#48587 - £490.00
#48588 - £490.00
#48589 - £490.00
#48590 - £490.00
#48591 - £490.00
#48592 - £490.00
#48593 - £490.00
#48594 - £490.00
#48595 - £490.00
#48596 - £490.00
#48597 - £490.00
#48598 - £490.00
#48599 - £490.00
#48600 - £490.00
#48601 - £490.00
#48602 - £490.00
#48603 - £490.00
#48604 - £490.00
#48605 - £490.00
#48606 - £490.00
#48607 - £490.00
#48608 - £490.00
#48609 - £490.00
#48611 - £490.00
#48612 - £490.00
#48613 - £490.00
#48614 - £490.00
#48615 - £490.00
#48616 - £490.00
#48617 - £490.00
#48632 - £ 68.73
#48633 - £212.80

Feb. 16

#49402 - £490.00
#49403 - £490.00
#49404 - £490.00
#49405 - £490.00
#49406 - £490.00
#49515 - £295.31
#49516 - £131.93

Feb. 23

#49579 - £490.00
#49580 - £490.00
#49713 - £289.10

March 2

#49952 - £162.34
#49953 - £289.96

March 9

#50691 - £182.30
#50692 - £ 12.00

March 30
#51722 - £ 140.00

ShelterBox Tracker

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Gerry the Piano Man

The other people, and groups of people in our first box. I say groups , because the Stratford Upon Avon group has a huge list of boxes , going back 4 years.



We have a 28.90 British Pound share of this box , I trust the other people in our box won't mind if we name it Gerry the Piano Man in honor of a friend of ours . For Renee's father, box #46276.

So here we are , Owen, Evelyn, Olivia, the people from Stratford Upon Avon, and us Fish Campers.
All sitting on a shelf in Cornwall, waiting to go somewhere that is in need of help.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Sixty Days Later

Box 99 -
Last Tuesday was the 60th day for this little experiment. Several things have happened since then.
First we are here as of tonight.
Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £49,425.47 9885 %
We are £75 away from finishing box #99.

I never did this sort of thing before, and we sorta made it up as we went along. Now, I get receipts from Cornwall, for our boxes. As I understand this JustGiving has been making a weekly
deposit to ShelterBox. These started on the 1st of Febuary.
Our first box the one with the piano man in it, was -

Feb. 1st
#46276 - £28.90

Feb. 2nd

#46594 - £490.00
#46595 - £490.00
#46715 - £ 30.03
#46716 - £ 62.17
Looks like our money is going to end up in a lot more boxes than I figured.

Here is the Box Tracker feature at ShelterBox.

The last 4 boxes have not shown up there yet. But #46276 showed up there last Friday.
The Boxes that have a £490 next to them are ours completely.
The mail should bring in a wave of numbers soon. When some more get here, I'll start a map feature to track by.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Box # 99 - 5 Weeks

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £49,133.27 ( $ 75,925.59 ) - 9827 %

980 people.

ShelterBox net spreads beyond Port au Prince

Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall is visiting ShelterBox HQ in Helston, Cornwall, next week.

‘Our staff and volunteers have been working tirelessly to send close to 10,000 ShelterBoxes to people who lost their homes during this tragic earthquake. This is a long-term commitment for ShelterBox and in the coming weeks and months we’ll be sending thousands more ShelterBoxes.’

The Duchess of Cornwall to visit ShelterBox
----------------------
Looks like our friends in Helston have the bit between their teeth.


Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Latest Clip



Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £48,710.27 - 9742 %

Monday, February 15, 2010

One Month


One month ago today this site came up, and thanks to so many people we are filling box # 98 tonight. 980 people this site has sheltered. I promised that we would follow these boxes, and have inquired when we would get some of our box numbers. The events of the past 5 weeks have kept our friends in England jumping, but this note came this morning :

Hi

Thank you for your e-mail. I am pleased to be able to confirm that
donations are reaching us via Just Giving.

These details are sent to us on a weekly basis, when they are received
we then attribute the donations to donors and allocate box numbers.

Once we have done this we will send you receipts showing the details of
the boxes you have sponsored .

Due to the fantastic response we have had following the Haiti earthquake
we are experiencing a delay in sending receipts to our donors - I
apologise for this an can assure you that we value your wonderful
support and will send your acknowledgment as soon as possible.

Best Wishes

Christine

Christine Kingston
Finance & Administration Officer, UK
Shelterbox


As soon as our first numbers come in I'll have a map up here, and will be on the look out for pictures .
Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £48,567.97 (
$76,139.75 ) - 9714 %

ShelterBox Deployment Maps

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Slowly Filling Box # 96

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £47,739.33 - 9548 %


Thursday 11 February 2010
Aid to Haiti continues while ShelterBox responds to three more disasters

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A pre-dawn rain shower soaked tens of thousands living in rudimentary shelters in Haiti's capital Thursday, an alarming taste of the havoc a sustained tropical downpour could wreak on this earthquake-ravaged country.

Rain collapsed cardboard shacks and soaked clothing and bedding at the Marassa 14 camp, where about 2,500 earthquake-displaced people live in a dry riverbed. People scrambled to shore up leaks.

Morning rains collapse temporary shelters, soak Haitians left homeless by quake

Monday, February 8, 2010

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Begging for Haiti

Raised $45.00 Friday Night



Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £47,047.73 - 9410 %

Friday, February 5, 2010

Pictures from the BBC



More here from Tom Lay ShelterBox volunteer

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £46,307.73 - 9262 %

Filling box # 93

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Congress Camp

First photo of Congress Camp where around 400 ShelterBox tents have been set up with IOM and ACTED, that's emergency shelter for up to 4,000 people.
In this photo: Rc Cabuyao Circle



Photo form the ShelterBox Facebook Group

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £46,276.23 ( $73,310.74 ) - 9255 %

920 people

A German TV report - Views inside a tent, and the 82nd Airborne setting up a camp.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Local Fishing

We have a series of events coming up here that I plan to work to raise money for more boxes.
With that in mind I made this handbill -



Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £45,491.63 - 9098 %

91 boxes 910 people

Monday, February 1, 2010

Pickin' with Buddy

As I type this tonight we are as follows :

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £44,486.83 - 8897%

This is $71,134.43 ......... $30 more dollars and we start buying our 90th box. That will be 890 people we have helped.

Pickin' with Buddy #1

Friday, January 29, 2010

A Thank-You Note

Tonight on the dock, we had landed nearly $70,000.00 . $69,699.69 to be exact.

The Box count tonight is 87 . That's 870 Haitians. We are now 8717% of our first goal, which was one box.

This week , all of us put one village into Haiti. Tonight the moon is as big as it gets.

Now cut bait or go fishing.

A Message from ShelterBox

Hello,

Your JustGiving page has been an unbelievable success and £38,000 is truly amazing! We are incredibly grateful for the support of you and everyone who has donated on your page. Your page has raised enough money for 80 boxes which will provide shelter, warmth and dignity for up to 800 people which is fantastic - if you could pass on our thanks to the people you know that have donated, I would be very grateful.

The way that JustGiving works is that once a page has been created, we will receive payments from them each week. You should receive a receipt with your first batch of box numbers soon. I hope this helps and once again, thank you so much for your fantastic efforts - they will make a huge difference to people who have lost everything.

James


Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £39,347.75 - 7870%



January 27, 2010
Craig Crawford on Shelter Boxes

Political Analyst Craig Crawford on why Shelter boxes for Haiti are a good bang for your buck.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Catch So Far


The latest total here.

From the ShelterBox site :
Please note: The Track Your Box section of the ShelterBox website is currently undergoing essential maintenance and as a result the Track Your Box feature is currently unavailable.
Track Your Box

As soon as this is up and running again I will update this item , I am as interested in this as anyone could be.


P.S.
I am in a state of shock , to everyone here our deepest thanks.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Dadadou

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £1,285.00 ( $2075.01 ) - 257%




Centre Sportif Dadadou (Port - au - Prince)


Families with newborn babies and pregnant women have been given emergency shelter by the ShelterBox Response Team operating in Haiti.

The Response Team have set up a ShelterBox camp for up to 1,000 people on the Henfrasa sports field in Delmas, Port au Prince, Haiti, providing emergency shelter for the most in need and the most vulnerable.

ShelterBox Response Team member and General Manager Lasse Petersen said: ‘We agreed with the local community that the initial tent allocation would be for families with pregnant women and families with newborns.

‘We’re prioritising women and children, providing disaster relief tents, blankets, water containers, children’s packs and kitchenware, basically enough to set up families who have lost everything.

‘The Dutch marines have been very helpful for us in providing storage at Port au Prince airport as well as providing security to our team during the distribution of aid. There are hundreds of thousands of people left homeless but this is the first of our deliveries with
many thousands more to come.’

Shelterbox News

Monday, January 25, 2010

Gerry the Piano Man

My friend Larry's found art fish

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £1,171.60 - 234%

2 1/3 boxes

Part of this project is to follow these boxes as far as we can here. One of our group , lost her father last week . So let us name our first box shaped bottle Gerry the Piano Man in memory of Renee's dad.

I came across this item this morning, from someone on the ground in Haiti -

I drove back to our camp just after dark a couple of nights ago, rushing to meet our own night-time curfew. At street corner after corner, people had blocked access to their blocks by placing stones in the way. They didn't want vehicles rushing blindly in and injuring sleeping families. I looked up these blocks and saw winding ribbons of re-created bedrooms, demarcated with bedsheets and string, as far as my eyes could see in the dark.

Relief in Haiti

I find it pretty amazing that a small group of people who may never see each other , get together to help a small group of people they will never meet. I thank each and everyone of us for these small steps.

I'm looking forward to receiving an email shortly about our first box. In the meantime I'm making us a map for Haiti. Gerry the Piano Man is about to be a push pin in our map here.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Runnin' Our Trot Line

We did it folks, we bought us one of these boxes in less than a week . Here's the tally tonight -

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £534.90 – 107%

Plus another $220.00 coming via snail mail.


And a football bet of some kind.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

More canoes tying up

11:15 central Sat. Jan. 23 -

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £383.60 77 %

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Fish Count so far

Target: £500.00
Raised so far: £145.30
- 29%

TM Fish Camp Donation page

Monday, January 18, 2010

Box Tracker Map


View The TM Fish Camp in a larger map

Where we're coming from -

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