Rotary to host Oktoberfest in September Authentic German food, beer and a lot of entertainment from music bands will be the highlights of the fundraiser meant for family visitors.

Arthur Walker chats with Ingrid and Doug Detweiler at a ShelterBox display in Concord Centre.
Arthur Walker chats with Ingrid and Doug Detweiler at a ShelterBox display in Concord Centre. Photo: Action Unlimited

It will be a fun-filled Saturday (September 30) at Oktoberfest, a family event, being sponsored by Rotary Club of Concord (Massachusetts, US — District 7910).

The traditional German festival will be held at Verrill Farm, 11 Wheeler Road, Concord, as the club celebrates the occasion and raises money for ShelterBox, a Rotary International partner.

While sampling locally brewed beer as well as traditional beer favourites and authentic German food, one can enjoy entertainment from a number of bands including a German Oompah band.

There will be games for the children and community organisation booths.

The Bavarian-themed event will raise money to purchase Shelter Boxes which provide temporary housing after disasters around the world, including the United States.

ShelterBox is a Rotary International partner dedicated to providing emergency shelter from natural disasters and conflicts.

“When disaster strikes, ShelterBox responds.” By providing shelter and tools for families who have lost their homes by conflict or natural disaster, Shelter Box transforms lives and provides hope.

The large green box is customised to the climate and disaster.

It contains a family-size tent as well as items like solar lights, water storage and purification equipment, cooking utensils, and thermal blankets.

Also available are customised ShelterKits which include hardware to make repairs to damaged buildings

Members of the Rotary Club of Concord are motivated to give back, taking action to create lasting change.
Supporting ShelterBox is not a new endeavour for the Club.

It has sponsored Shelter Boxes in response to various disasters including the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and the 2015 earthquake in Nepal.

Recently, the Rotary Interact Club at Concord Carlisle High School raised money for a Shelter Box in Mosul, Iraq.

Unfortunately disasters and conflicts have not ceased, and there are currently 85 million people around the world affected.

Concord Rotarians are determined to help by holding Oktoberfest on September 30 to support ShelterBox’s quick response to catastrophes.

Source: Action Unlimited

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