Shelter Island, NY, May 16, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- On Saturday, July 30, 2016, the Shelter Island Cricket Club (SICC) will again play its annual cricket match to raise money for the Shelter Island Ambulance Corps.
Last year, over 300 people came to support the players and helped raise over $15,000, bringing the total raised for the the local Ambulance Corps to over $65,000. The Rest of The World team triumphed over the Shelter Island team for the second year in a row; the "series" is now tied 2-2. For the first time, the Shelter Island EMS had to come to the aid of a player. Photos from prior years matches and more details about SICC are on SICC’s website at www.SIcricket.com.
The 2016 game will take place on the large field next to the Island Boat Yard. The game will commence at 9.00 AM with food, drink available from 11.00 AM. A kids cricket game will take place during the lunch break from 12.00 to 1.00. The game will end at 4.00 PM. Food, drink and SICC merchandise will be on sale throughout the day. There is no admission fee but donations on the day are encouraged. All proceeds go to the Shelter Island Ambulance Corps. SICC can also be found (and liked) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShelterIslandCricketClub.
Why do they do this? On January 1, 2012 the Shelter Island ambulance corps was transferred from the Red Cross to the Town. At that time it was the only ambulance corps in the country operated under the auspices of the National Red Cross. The cost to run the service is estimated at about $100,000 a year. The corps was founded in 1931 by local residents under a charter issued by Herbert Hoover, then honorary president of the National Red Cross. It is staffed by about 30 unpaid volunteers who service the needs of the 2,400 permanent residents and the nearly 10,000 residents during the summer months.
How did it all start? The match organizers, David Shillingford and Gareth Jones explained that "Something that started as a bet around the barbeque one night has morphed into a great annual event thanks to the support of the Shelter Island community. One of the greatest things about this event it that it allows visitors and part-time residents to give back to a community that brings all of us and our families so much joy. We would particularly like to acknowledge the Shelter Island Boat Yard for providing such a perfect venue, SALT for (http://www.saltshelterisland.com) for organizing the food and drink and Shelter Island Party Rental that generously donates the tents that protect either from the sun or, being cricket, the rain."