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ShelterBox opens its doors to the public today
6:00am Saturday 10th August 2013 in News
ShelterBox will be opening the doors to its Helston headquarters this Saturday for an interactive open day.
Between 10am and 3pm people have a chance to see how the charity delivers aid to scenes of disaster around the world, with displays, activities and exhibitions.
Answers to questions such as “How does ShelterBox monitor disasters to see where it can best help?” and “How do the boxes get to people in need?” will be given at the charity’s base on the Water-ma-Trout industrial estate.
Visitors can see the specialist equipment first hand, explore the warehouse and conveyor belt where boxes are packed and loaded by teams of volunteers, and track weather systems and earthquakes in the operations department. ShelterBox response teams’ members, who oversee the delivery of boxes to every corner of the world, will be on hand to answer questions.
People can watch videos that will take them into the heart of disaster zones and for children there will be special ShelterBox story times and face painting.
Youngsters can also see the |charity’s blue and red school boxes containing writing aids, mathematical instruments and wind-up radios, while the whole family can enjoy a close encounter with Ancient Art Falconry’s birds of prey.
If all that works up a thirst and hunger, ShelterBox’s friends at Origin Coffee, the Big Fat Cake Company, the Pasty Line and Home Street Food will be on hand to provide refreshment.
Becky Maynard, director of fundraising and communications, said: “It feels right for ShelterBox to invite everyone in for a truly ‘open’ open day.
“We want everyone to have the chance to experience what we do, and why we do it. ShelterBox simply wouldn’t exist without the support and generosity of the local community and the wider public.”
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