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NECESSITIES: International disaster relief charity ShelterBox provides humanitarian aid to families made homeless or displaced by disasters.

A Kiwi world champion cyclist has become an ambassador for an international disaster relief charity.

Dunedin-raised Alison Shanks has been named an ambassador for ShelterBox New Zealand, an international charity that helped provide shelter for Cantabrians after the February 22, 2011 earthquake.

ShelterBox, which was founded in 2000 and operates in 21 countries, aims to provide humanitarian aid to families who have been made homeless or displaced through disasters.

The 3000-metre individual pursuit champion said she was looking forward to working the with ShelterBox team.

She said every year thousands of families throughout the world lost everything when disaster struck.

She hoped by working alongside the team they could help vulnerable families “continue to live in dignity and safety”.

ShelterBox New Zealand chairman Fraser Ellis was thrilled that Shanks was supporting them.

“The awareness she brings will help us generate vital funds, enabling us to respond to future disasters.”

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