Shelter where it's needed
A DALBY man with incredible generosity has returned from the trip of a lifetime to Nepal.
Ian Hayllor raised $3500 for the charity ShelterBox, an organisation which donates kits to families who have been devastated by a disaster in countries across the world.
A ShelterBox contains a tent, cooking utensils, garden tools and maintenance equipment, all crucial items in assisting people to get back on their feet.
"It's a rapid response and when you've got people that have lost everything.... these boxes contain items that will allow people to stay where their house is if the area isn't destroyed too badly,” Mr Hayllor said.
"It also allows them to be able to begin the rebuild of their houses and community.
"It's a very efficient charity as far as the money donated; there's a large volunteer network so management costs are low.”
ShelterBox donated thousands of kits to civilians in Nepal following the devastating earthquake in 2015.
The earthquake killed 9000 people and injured more than 20,000.
Mr Hayllor said ShelterBox worked closely with Rotary International, which he is a part of through the Rotary Club of Dalby.
The Dalby club itself raised $2500 for ShelterBox, along with $2100 for Seven Women so they can fit out a commercial kitchen in Nepal.
Mr Hayllor said his experience overseas was incredible, with the 61-year-old in awe of how the Nepalese go about their lives.
"Kathmandu is a city of two-and-a-half million people; it's quite run down but the people were very polite,” he said.
"The litter was the biggest issue, there was a lot of plastic and waste lying around the place, but the drivers there are amazing, they drive so close to each other but never crash.
"We got nervous a couple of times though.”
During the 13-day trip, Mr Hayllor and his fellow ShelterBox volunteers undertook a five-and-a-half day trek, visiting multiple villages and taking in stunning views of the mountainous terrain.
"It was over 30 degrees and 100 per cent humidity, so we were all covered in sweat. It was unbelievable though... I loved it.”
For more information on ShelterBox, visit www.shelterbox.org.