Vital funds raised as RNLI’s Mayday call is answered in Dunmore East
Following the annual Dunmore East RNLI 'Dash & Splash' and yellow welly throwing competition, vital funds have been raised for the RNLI.
The event, which took place at Councillor’s strand in Dunmore East on Sunday 1 May, was run as part of Mayday, the RNLI’s national annual fundraising campaign.
Dunmore East RNLI Fundraising Branch volunteer Carol Mc Geary, said: ‘I’d like to thank everyone who came and supported the Dash & Splash and yellow welly throwing competition. We were especially delighted to have Senator Grace O’ Sullivan taking part and leading the swimmers into the water. We all had great fun with the welly throwing competition and the crew even challenged our supporters to a beach soccer match. The funds raised will help the RNLI continue to save lives at sea’.
‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around Ireland are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when their pagers beep. Mayday is the RNLI’s own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to continue our lifesaving service, which we operate day and night, 365 days a year.’
Many of the Mayday fundraising events that have taken place across the country have had a yellow welly theme, in a nod to the essential kit that the RNLI’s lifeboat crew members wear on their feet when they go out to sea to save lives.
Money raised through the Mayday campaign – which ran from Tuesday 26 April to Monday 2 May – will support the RNLI’s lifesaving work. It could be used to fund crew training, contribute towards the running costs of a lifeboat station or buy new crew kit like the yellow wellies.
There is still time to support Mayday. Visit RNLI.org/Mayday to donate.
The RNLI operates 45 lifeboat stations around Ireland. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews in Ireland launched 1,098 times bringing 1,244 people to safety.
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Photo Credit Dunmore East RNLI
Photo 1 – L-R Pat Caulfield, Kathleen Power, Maura Saddington, Gaye Murphy. Members of Dunmore East RNLI Fundraising Branch.
Photo 2 – Senator Grace O’ Sullivan & Mayor of Dunmore East and Lifeboat crewman Neville Murphy.
Photo 3 – Swimmers and Dunmore East Lifeboat keeping a watchful eye.
Photo 4 – Senator Grace O’ Sullivan giving it welly for the RNLI.
RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Neville Murphy, Dunmore East volunteer Lifeboat Press Officer on 0876961832, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.