DesignRelief Fundraising

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    Design Relief is a new initiative to raise money to fund ShelterBox’s work in disaster-hit Japan, with the aim of tapping into the Design Community for support.ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity that delivers emergency shelter, warmth and dignity to people affected by disaster worldwide. It does so in a very simple but innovative & hugely effective way – providing a box full of items to provide shelter. A tent, blankets, multi fuel stove, cooking implements, tool set – even a pack of crayons and paper for the children.

    Jacqui Jones (Design-Conscious) kicked off the idea of asking the design community on twitter to buy raffle tickets (£1 minimum) to buy a ShelterBox (which costs £590). The raffle format was chosen as so many online fundraising activities rely on auctions which means the only winner is the person with the most money. A raffle gives people the opportunity to donate what they can afford and still have a chance of winning a prize.

    The first raffle ( was launched on Sunday morning. By Monday afternoon enough donations had been made to buy the first box – Design Relief is now well on the way to raising enough to buy a second box. The first raffle has now closed, but another will be started on Monday 21st March.

    If you check out #DesignRelief on twitter you’ll see the amount of support that’s been received – Twitter’s design community has been so supportive of the idea that Design Relief will continue fundraising as long as there are prizes to raffle.

    We’d be pleased if you can support.

    Daniel Fountain / 18.03.2011

    Editor, Hotel Designs


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