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Braintree Brother-Sister Duo Putting on Fundraiser to Support Dolphin Strandings

The fundraiser is at at Dave & Buster's on Saturday, April 21 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

When six-year-old Joshua Kaye learned about the extraordinary strandings of dolphins on Cape Cod this winter, he immediately knew he wanted to do something about it.

Joshua, who attends Meeting House Montessori School in Braintree, enlisted the support of his 13-year-old sister, Lauren, a student at , and his mom, Melissa Kaye. Soon enough Melissa had spoken with someone at the International Fund for Animal Welfare, who laid out the group's needs.

"She told me that they needed more volunteers, more dry suits and lots of specialized medical equipment for the dolphins," Melissa said in an email. "Because volunteers were working around the clock and dry suits were in short supply and many damaged, they were literally duct taping them on."

More than 200 dolphins had been stranded on Cape Cod beaches by the end of March, according to the Boston Globe, a three-month total far higher than the typical 40 or so that is the norm each winter.

Joshua donated the money in the family's charity bank, but he wanted to do more. And so this Saturday, April 21, the Kayes will hold a fundraiser for the IFAW at in Braintree from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Tickets are $12 per person and include unlimited non-redemption games, a $7 Power Card and unlimited coffee, tea and soda. Anyone interested in attending can call Melissa at 781-856-4985 or email seahelpers@gmail.com. Tickets will be available at the door.

If you can't make it, but would like to help, you can mail a check to IFAW's World Headquarters at 290 Summer St, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675.

Beverly Kaye April 16, 2012 at 05:57 PM
As a youngster I was crushed and deeply saddened to see a large number of whales stranded on the same Cape Cod beaches. As a grandmother, I am extremely proud of my young grandchildren who are environmentally and socially conscious and are doing something about it. Thank you to Joshua, Lauren and Allie Kaye and their parents who are doing such a good job raising children who are focused on the larger picture.

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