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Cyclists to pedal through Summit County for ShelterBox

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Special to the Daily Huw and Carolyn Thomas take a break in Montana from their 10,000 mile trek across four continents to raise awareness for ShelterBox - an international aid organization. The couple will be in Summit County Tuesday to promote their cause.

SUMMIT COUNTY – A duo from the United Kingdom will swing through Summit County Tuesday to promote their 10,000-mile, intercontinental bike ride to raise awareness for ShelterBox.

Huw and Carolyn Thomas are former journalists turned English teachers who are hauling a ShelterBox on a trailer behind their tandem bike on their journey across North America, New Zealand, Australia and Europe. Their goal is to raise awareness for the Shelterbox program, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

Shelterbox is an international program that provides supplies to families in disaster areas in the form of a boxes containing a tents and lifesaving equipment for the families to use while they are displaced or homeless. The contents of the box vary based on the situation, and the boxes are delivered by highly-trained ShelterBox Response Teams to disaster areas, such as Pakistan and Haiti.

The couple will make three stops in Summit County Tuesday. They will visit the Breckenridge Rotary Club at noon, Summit Cove Elementary School at 2 p.m. and the Rotarian Community Dinner at 5 p.m at the Elk’s Lodge in Silverthorne.

ShelterBox has strong ties to the international Rotary organization, as it was founded by a Rotarian in Cornwall, U.K. The Summit Rotary Club has been involved in collecting supplies locally for boxes to ship to various disaster areas, and Summit Rotary president-elect Rolando Cuadrado said the organization is thrilled to host the tandem bikers Tuesday.

Traci Schauermann-Oliver of Denver – a member of the ShelterBox Response Team and the Denver Rotary – will be accompanying the Thomases to Summit County as they hope to bike between events to raise awareness.

“I think it’s a great thing they are doing,” Schauermann-Oliver said. “We all wish we could bring awareness to a cause this way.”

Cuadrado and Oliver said the best place for the public to meet the tandem bikers would be at the Community Dinner at the Elk’s Lodge.

For more information on the tandem bikers, visit their website at For more information on ShelterBox, visit the organization’s website at

SDN Reporter Drew Andersen can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or

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