Falmouth Rotary to host ShelterBox event June 27

Event will benefit victims of the earthquake in Nepal
The Falmouth Rotary is hosting a ShelterBox fundraiser at Peg Noonan Park, 6/27-6/28. Photo courtesy of ShelterBox USA.

To raise continued awareness about the needs of those made homeless by the April earthquake in Nepal, the Falmouth Rotary will host a ShelterBox event at Peg Noonan Park on Main Street from 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 27 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, June 28. Cape Cod residents and visitors are invited to learn about ShelterBoxes and how they can help in such a crisis, according to a Falmouth Rotary release.

A ShelterBox display will be available for inspection at the park. ShelterBox USA was started in 2000 and has since that time deployed boxes to many locations around the world where disaster has struck. According to the ShelterBox USA website, the non-profit has deployed kits to more than 240 disasters in 95 countries. Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, the Falmouth Rotary sponsored a similar event and raised over $10,000--enough to buy 10 ShelterBoxes.

Each ShelterBox contains a tent that sleeps 10 people, thermal blankets and groundsheets, water storage and purification equipment, solar lamps, cooking utensils, a tool kit, mosquito nets and children's pack. ShelterBoxes are often customized to best suit recipients and the box itself can be used for a variety of things.

The Falmouth Rotary is hoping to raise enough money to provide 10 families in Nepal with Shelterboxes, the release said. 

For more information about Saturday's event or how you can help, call Will Barrett at 831-262-6989 or Steve Clay at 508-563-5800.

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