Olympic Rower Annie Vernon Becomes ShelterBox Patron

ShelterBox is pleased to announce that Olympic rower Annie Vernon has become one of the charity’s patrons.

Annie, who won silver in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was approached by the Founder and CEO of ShelterBox Tom Henderson to support the charity’s work.

ShelterBox is an international disaster relief charity specialising in emergency shelter provision. Humanitarian aid is delivered in iconic green ShelterBoxes. Each one contains a disaster relief tent for up to 10 people, a stove, blankets and other items essential for survival. ShelterBox responds to disaster as quickly as possible with the aim of helping the people who are most in need.

He said: ‘Annie joins us during a landmark year when we mark our tenth anniversary and tackle one of our largest ever deployments in Haiti. Her support will be key in our continuing mission to provide emergency shelter after disasters across the globe. We’re delighted Annie has become one of our patrons.’

A Cambridge University graduate, Annie grew up in St Agnes, Cornwall, and started rowing at Castle Dore Rowing Club when she was 17.

During the Beijing Olympic Games she led the final for the first 1500 metres only to be overhauled by an exceptional Chinese crew in the final metres of the race.

Annie gained a gold medal at the 2007 World Rowing Championships and she is due to compete in the 2012 London Olympics.

For more information visit the ShelterBox website

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