Lough Derg RNLI Fundraising Campaign, Mayday, May 1 2018

Do your bit, fund our kit – help save lives on our inland waterways & at sea, support Lough Derg RNLIs fundraising this Mayday
The people of Dromineer, Nenagh and North Tipperary are being encouraged to support Lough Derg RNLIs fundraising campaign, Tuesday May 1, to help raise vital funds for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI) as part of the charity’s national annual fundraising event, Mayday.
Organised by Lough Derg RNLI Fundraising Branch, the event will see RNLI volunteers fundraise all day, Tuesday May 1, at a collection point outside the Aldi store in Nenagh. Every contribution supports the vital lifesaving activitiy of your local lifeboat based in Dromineer.
The RNLI’s Mayday event begins on Tuesday 1 May and will run for the whole month, with fundraising taking place across the whole of Ireland and the UK. This year, the RNLI hopes to raise €850,000 through Mayday, which will be used to fund essential kit for the charity’s brave volunteer lifeboat crews.
Liam Maloney, volunteer Lifeboat Operations Manager says: ‘RNLI volunteer lifeboat crews around Ireland and the UK are willing to drop everything to go and save lives at sea when they get the call. Their specialist kit protects them against extreme conditions, gives them a firm footing on unsteady surfaces, and shields them from injury, allowing them to carry out their lifesaving work. The Mayday campaign is our own call for help, as we rely on the generosity of the public to fund this vital kit that helps keep the crews safe when they risk their lives for others.’
Money raised through Mayday fundraising events will help RNLI lifeboat crews to face the harshest conditions at sea with the best kit possible. It currently costs €1,862 to provide one all-weather lifeboat crew member with all of the kit they need when responding to the call for help.
This year, the RNLI is going yellow for Mayday – just like volunteer crews do every day to save lives at sea. Anyone who wishes to get involved can visit RNLI.org/mayday to register for a free Mayday fundraising pack. The pack provides a host of fundraising ideas, such as encouraging friends and colleagues to plan a wear-yellow fundraiser, getting sponsored to run, walk or cycle, cooking up some yellow-themed bakes to sell or even getting together to lift the weight of a 42 tonne Severn class lifeboat!
The charity is also encouraging people to show support on their social media, joining the conversation using the hashtag #MaydayEveryDay, or by donating online or buying a yellow crew member pin badge.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. Its 4,700 volunteer lifeboat crew members provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts.
In 2016, RNLI lifeboat crews across the UK and Ireland launched 8,851 times, rescuing 8,643 people and saving 431 lives.

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