You have the power to change lives

Welcome to the team. Team ShelterBox.

Millions of families are currently without shelter because of natural disaster and conflict. You can help change this.

Whether you’re into running marathons, throwing dinner parties or camping in the middle of winter, you can transform your event with your friends and family into vital funds for ShelterBox.

Turn your hobby or bucket list event into something greater.

Car rallies, cake bakes, obstacle courses, festival teams, sponsored silences, or being a champion of ShelterBox on social media – the possibilities are endless.

How to Fundraise for ShelterBox

Make a Plan

Try and think of something that is both impressive and achievable. Think about whether you want to do it alone or in a team. Feeling ambitious? Go on an adventure. Prefer to stay home? How about having a dinner with friends or maybe even going off the grid. Consider whether you want to sign up to one of our events or run your own. Set a date and decide on how much you want to raise. Don’t be afraid to think big!

Tell Everyone

Shout about what you’re doing at any available opportunity. Use posters, emails, FacebookInstagram and Twitter to let everyone know how they can get involved. Set up a Give A Little fundraising page to support your fundraiser efforts.

Enjoy It

Don’t forget to have some fun! Celebrate your achievement, toast your success!
We’d love to see photos of your event, so make sure to send them in or tag us with #TeamShelterBoxNZ

Say Thanks

Everyone who donates, takes part or turns up at your event, will be helping you to shelter more families after disaster. Those families won’t be able to send their thanks, so make sure you do it for them.


After your event, you can donate the money you’ve raised quickly and easily. Take a look at all the ways you can send the money raised to ShelterBox here and don’t forget to close your online fundraising page if you set one up.

Stuck for Ideas?

Don’t worry. We’re bursting with ideas on how you can help rebuild communities after disaster strikes and create exciting events for your own community too.

Shine for ShelterBox

ShelterBox supporters host a Shine for ShelterBox event to raise money to reach more families in need

Why not host a Shine for ShelterBox event?

Join communities all over the country and get together to brighten lives by hosting a fundraising candlelit dinner for friends and family, to raise money for people who need light in their lives.

When disasters strike and power lines go down, families are left vulnerable, wrenched away from comfort and light. Every ShelterBox we send includes solar lights that can brighten lives in the darkest hour.

Hosting your own Shine for ShelterBox fundraiser is easy. Just request a free Shine for ShelterBox fundraising kit and we’ll post one to you in time to plan your event.

If you love getting together with friends, you can make a difference. By holding a heart-warming evening you can bring light to families in their hour of darkness.

Become a ShelterBox Adventurer

Is there something on your bucket list that you’d like to turn into a fundraising challenge to help shelter people in need?

ShelterBox Adventurers are ordinary people who take on extraordinary challenges to raise awareness and funding for our vital work of making sure no one is without shelter after disaster.

Whether it’s your first 10K, or you want to run from the tip to the top of New Zealand, you can become a ShelterBox Adventurer.

Go Off the Grid

ShelterBox off the grid

Want to spend more quality time with your whānau and away from screens? Then Go Off the Grid.

The rules are simple. No electricity and nothing with an ‘on’ button. How far you take the challenge is up to you. The bigger the challenge, the more people will sponsor you and the more you will be helping people in crisis, those who have no shelter, no home and no access to power.

Get Inspired!

Check out some of our inspiring fundraisers from all over Aotearoa raising much needed funds for ShelterBox New Zealand.

Frankie and Otis

Frankie (aged 10) and Otis (aged 8) recently raised an awe-inspiring $5, 800 for ShelterBox by hosting a garage sale in Masterton.

When these siblings heard about the crisis in Ukraine, they set about finding a way to help those who were being displaced. Seen as they had lots of toys they were no longer using, a garage sale was the perfect fundraiser! Soon enough, their friends, family members, and even the local radio and newspaper were getting behind them – raising awareness of their efforts, and donating enough goodies to fill their entire school hall. They tell us that “counting all the money made after the sale” was the highlight of their fundraising experience, as well as “helping on the day, selling the items, and chatting to people about the sale and Ukraine”.

Tessa Petersen

Tessa Petersen – Senior Lecturer at School of Performing Arts at the University of Otago knows how to use her talents to make a difference.

After hearing about our work in Ukraine, Tessa rallied up a group of her music students, and each Friday, they headed out on campus to play beautiful tunes, to raise funds for us!

What a lovely way to bring joy to those passing-by, and families on the other side of the globe! Together, they raised an impressive $400.

Rotary Club of Cambridge

Each year, the Rotary Club of Cambridge hosts a massive book sale – giving the local community an opportunity to snap up some bargain deals on books, CD’s, LP’s, and other goodies, while supporting a good cause.

We were thrilled to have Cambridge Rotary fundraise for us, as part of their 2022 sale (which we hear was bigger and better than ever). Thanks to this stunning ShelterBox display, set up and manned by ShelterBox Volunteer – Clair Connor, many Rotarians and members of the general public kindly donated in excess of $500!

Rotary Ahuriri Sunrise

What better way to fundraise for a cause than with a quiz night? That’s exactly what the Rotary Club of Ahuriri Sunrise did (and they threw in an auction, raffle, and ShelterBox presentation for good measure). 18 teams of local Rotarians came together for 10 rounds of trivia on 1 epic night – and together, they raised an impressive $4, o00 for our response efforts in Ukraine.

Martin de Ruyter

Inspired by our work in Ukraine, Martin de Ruyter has been getting creative for a cause, by creating a special edition of his popular trenchart poppies, using repurposed .303 calibre bullets.

These brooches/boutonnieres are currently for sale in the Suter Museum Art Gallery in Nelson.

Rotary Ōtautahi Passport

What better way to raise awareness than by setting up a ShelterBox display? That’s exactly what Rotary Ōtautahi Passport did! They’ve been stationed in Hornby Mall, where they’ve collected $500!

Hannah Wood

In honour of our inaugural World Refugee Day Challenge, Hannah Wood set herself a bold challenge – running 1km for every $10 that she raised for ShelterBox.

Her friends and family rallied behind her, raising an impressive $290. So, on June 20th (when it was -2 degrees), set off on an equally-impressive 29.1km run. Her goal was to help “at least one person” – and it’s fair to say she’s done all that … and more!

Tell us about your event!


    Experience ShelterBox

    A ShelterBox volunteer delivers a presentation about ShelterBox

    Bring the story of ShelterBox to life by inviting a ShelterBox speaker to your event.

    Experience our aid for yourself and learn how your support is transforming the lives of families robbed of shelter when disaster strikes.

    Our volunteers can share an impactful audio/visual presentation as well as the actual disaster relief equipment that we send in the field.