Cricket returns to the Island with the fifth annual Shelter Island Cricket Club (SICC) charity cricket match on Saturday, July 30 to raise funds for the all-volunteer Shelter Island Emergency Medical Services squad.
The game will take place on the large field next to the Island Boat Yard starting at 9 a.m. with food and drink available from 11 a.m. A kids cricket game will take place during the lunch break from noon to 1 p.m. and the game will end at 4 p.m. Food, drink and SICC merchandise will be on sale throughout the day. There is no admission fee, but donations on the day are encouraged.
Last year, over 300 people came to support the players and helped raise over $15,000, bringing to more than $65,000 the total raised for the EMS squad over the years. The Rest of the World team triumphed over the Shelter Island team for the second year in a row and the “series” is now tied 2-2. For the first time, the Shelter Island EMS had to come to the aid of a player.
Why do this? The cost to run the EMS squad is estimated at about $100,000 per year. The old ambulance corps operated under the auspices of the National Red Cross until 2012, when it was transferred to the Town of Shelter Island. At that time it was the only ambulance corps in the country still run by the Red Cross. Founded in 1931 by local residents under a charter issued by Herbert Hoover, then honorary president of the National Red Cross, SIEMS is staffed by some 30 unpaid volunteers who service the needs of the 2,400 permanent residents and the nearly 10,000 residents during the summer months.
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 organizing the food and drink, and Shelter Island Party Rental which generously donates the tents that protect either from the sun or, being cricket, the rain.”
SICC can also be found (and liked) on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShelterIslandCricketClub. Photos from prior years’ matches and more details about SICC are on SICC’s website at www.SIcricket.com.