Wednesday 1 May, 2013.  Shelter Island, NY.  On Saturday July 27, 2013, the Shelter Island Cricket Club (SICC) will play its annual cricket match to raise money for the Shelter Island Ambulance Corps.

Over 200 people came to support the inaugural match in 2012 and helped raise over $12,000 for the local Ambulance Corps despite heavy rain in the morning.  The 2013 game will take place on the large field next to the Island Boat Yard.  The game will commence at 11.00 AM.  A second game will commence at 2.00 PM with a traditional English fete and children’s games and activities running throughout. A junior cricket game and ‘kids Olympics’ will take place from 12.30 to 2.00.  Shelter Island Cricket Club merchandise will be on sale throughout the day.  There is no admission fee but donations on the day are encouraged. All proceeds will go to the Shelter Island Ambulance Corps.  More information is available on the Shelter Island Cricket Club website at www.SIcricket.com.  SICC can also be found on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShelterIslandCricketClub.

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.

The match organizer, David Shillingford, who moved to the US in 1998 and has spent summers on Shelter Island since 2002 explained that “after much conversation over the years amongst the ex-pat community about a game of cricket on the island and a successful inaugural event last year we are committed to making this an annual event.” Co-organizer, Gareth Jones added that “It’s great fun to do this but the best part is to have an event that allows full time residents, part-time residents and visitors to the island to come together to support a special and unique community”.