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Volunteer-Built Rescue Vessel Ready to Launch for South China SeasSalem-News.com
The group is taking action to save lives after coastal disasters.
(ALAMEDA, CA) - The rescue boat “T2” that will provide first-line support and humanitarian aid to disaster-hit people is ready to hit the open seas. The boat is the first of a group that will deliver food, fresh water and medical supplies to help coastal communities until governmental or large-scale relief arrives.
International Rescue Group is a 501(c) (3) California Public Benefit Corporation. Over a year ago, IRG acquired an empty steel hull and after an immense amount of volunteer effort and help through donations, they have fitted out a rescue vessel to be launched at Nelson’s Marine in Alameda, California.
“We have attracted a number of dedicated volunteers who have worked year-round to prepare the rescue boat “T2” for launch, and despite many difficulties, belief in our mission has kept everyone motivated," said Executive Director Ray Thackeray.
"On Saturday March 31st 2012 we will launch the vessel, commence shake-down and complete machinery installation so that we can go operational and provide post-disaster aid to coastal communities up to 1,000 survivors at a time.”
“Everyone is anxious to get the ship into a place where she can do some good,” said Tim Webber, Director, who previously worked for Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
“This particular boat is intended to provide water, food and medical supplies to victims in the South China Seas, but we expect to construct more ships and place them around the world.”
International Rescue Group is holding a "Launch Fundraiser Event" at the Pasta Pelican, Alameda Estuary, the evening of March 31st, to commence raising $250,000 in operational funds.
The event is hosted by Jeffrey Weissman who co-starred in “Back to the Future” with Michael J. Fox.
The Launch Fundraiser will include two bands, dinner, dancing and tours of “T2”. The public and interested parties are invited to attend.
Tickets can be obtained from www.internationalrescuegroup.org.
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