Occupied ShelterBox tent by Weighbridge Clock Tower helps raise money for Bridge2Philippines

December 19th, 2013 by Richard Lord

Josh Le Moignan, having volunteered in past years to help provide humanitarian aid with Sarah Griffiths’ Bridge2SriLanka and Bridge2Haiti charities, is spending six days in a ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port, Guernsey to raise awareness of the work of Bridge2Philippines, and to raise money for the ShelterBox appeal to help the people of the Philippines whose property and livelihoods suffered extensive damage during Typhoon Haiyan.

Josh Le Moignan with friends in the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan with friends in the ShelterBox tent by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan visited Haiti in early 2010 after the destructive earthquake and saw the usefulness of ShelterBoxes for people who had lost their homes. He said the tents restored some level of dignity for the people who had lost so much.

A ShelterBox contains the tent and a variety of tools and supplies depending on the climate and the nature of the emergency.  ShelterBox equipment can include water filters and reflective sun sheets for tropical climates. The tent is waterproof and can withstand winds of 100 kph.

The ShelterBox tent set-up by the Weighbridge Clock Tower has a sofa to provide some home comfort. Two outer sections of the tent provide space for sleeping. An air mattress is available for a friend to accompany Josh during his six days living in the ShelterBox tent.

On the evening of Wedensday 18 December 2013 the ShelterBox tent was buffeted by strong winds. The tent cannot be pegged to the ground so Norman Piette sand bags and heavy umbrella bases have been used to secure the tent to the ground.

Small candles heat an upturned clay pot that warms the interior of the tent to help remove the chill of the air.

Josh Le Moignan and Mike Carter outside the ShelterBox tent during driving rain and high winds (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Josh Le Moignan and Mike Carter outside the ShelterBox tent during driving rain and high winds (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

People walking from North Beach car park to the High Street or back to their cars stop to give money for the appeal.

Josh’s fund raising initiative this week has raised well over £1000 so far but with the hope of a busy Saturday Christmas shopping day it is hoped that over £3000 can be raised.

Mike Carter braces himself against the wind by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand - ©RLLord)

Mike Carter braces himself against the wind by the Weighbridge Clock Tower in St Peter Port, Guernsey (click image to expand – ©RLLord)

Mike Carter, who has provided support to Josh, has been volunteering for Bridge2Philippines for the last few weeks.  He said the charity has been phenomenally busy organising supplies for the Philippines disaster area.

Mike said “the ShelterBoxes paid for by Guernsey residents will provide some temporary relief but it will take many years for the people impacted by the devastating typhoon to repair the damage to their communities.”

Sarah Griffith wrote “through Bridge2Phillippines Guernsey has already raised enough money to send 170 ShelterBox’s to the disaster zones effected by Typhoon Haiyan there are still more families in need.”

“If you want the money to go to Shelterboxes, please pay direct into the HSBC bank ‘Haiti Appeal’ account, sort code 40 22 25, account number 14117425.  Please reference ‘ShelterBox’ to ensure that 100% of the money goes to them, or write a cheque payable to “Bridge2Haiti” and write ‘ShelterBox’ on the back of the cheque.

For the new fund for the Philippines disaster please pay direct into the HSBC bank account Sort Code 40 22 25, account number 04347552 or write a cheque for ‘Bridge2Philippines’.

Please post cheques to Le Petit Menage, La Gibauderie, St Peter Port GY1 1X

 

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