Disaster relief charity, ShelterBox, is calling for chefs, restaurants and individuals across the country to host candlelit fundraising feasts this winter to raise urgently needed money for families made homeless by conflict and natural disaster. The charity’s winter campaign, Shine for ShelterBox launches on Monday 6 November 2017. To find out more about getting involved and to request a supporters pack visit www.shelterbox.org/shine
The call comes after success in 2016, when 25 leading chefs, restaurants and venues across the UK raised over £36,500, brightening the lives of more than 5,000 families robbed of their homes around the world. High-profile supporters included celebrity chefs Rick Stein, Oliver Rowe, Olia Hercules, and top venues including Carousel London, The Candlelight Club in London and St Michael’s Mount in Cornwall. Chefs, Dan Doherty and Signe Johansen also created recipes for the Shine for ShelterBox magazine, and actress Sharon Horgan got involved providing a voiceover for a film about the campaign.
Oliver Rowe cooked up a feast at Carousel in London, alongside chefs Olia Hercules, Alex Hely-Hutchinson and Peter Harrison. Oliver said: “”I was so pleased to be able to support Shine For ShelterBox last November. We cooked up a Haitian-inspired feast to mark the charity’s recent deployment following Hurricane Matthew. It was a great night and had a ball being involved! Getting together with friends and family and feasting by candlelight is a fabulous way to raise funds and brighten lives of those affected by disasters around the world. It’s great to hear this brilliant campaign will take place again this year.”
ShelterBox is an international aid charity that hand delivers emergency aid to families devastated by conflict or natural disaster, to give them shelter and tools to rebuild their lives. Inspired by the charity’s LuminAID solar lights, Shine for ShelterBox raises money to bring light and shelter to those who have lost everything.
Lucy Holden from ShelterBox, explains: “When disasters strike and power lines go down, families are left vulnerable, wrenched away from comfort and light. That’s why, alongside our shelter aid, we provide lights that dispel the dark and help families in desperate circumstances feel a little bit safer. Shine for ShelterBox means more light for families, providing a bit of safety, hope and comfort when they need it most.
“Light is at the center of our winter campaign. We want people to get together and have loads of candlelit, feasting fun, whilst also raising loads of money for those made homeless by conflict and natural disaster.”
This years’ Shine for ShelterBox will build on the success of last year, with more support from high-profile chefs and venues, as well as some special events in unusual locations. The charity will also be laying down a ‘Shine for ShelterBox Challenge’ to a handpicked selection of bloggers, chefs and celebrities that will see them create a meal for friends from the contents of a special ‘Shine’ box.
To find out more about getting involved and to request a supporters pack visit www.shelterbox.org/shine or call 01872 302700