................. .......................... 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.

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 :


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 Kingston
Finance & Administration Officer, UK

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

Box Tracker Map

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Where we're coming from -