Countdown-is-on-to-the-RNLI-Mayday-appeal

Byline: The RNLI is counting down to MAYDAY, the charity’s national fundraising appeal, which recognises Irish volunteer lifeboat crews around the country and raises funds to help them continue their work saving lives at sea.
Page Content: Now in its second year and running nationwide, from Wednesday the 1st May to Bank Holiday Monday the 6th of May, the RNLI is asking the public to `give it some welly´ and help the charity in their work. The Mayday appeal is calling on people to lend their support by either purchasing a special RNLI Mayday yellow welly key ring which will be on sale for €2 at various outlets across the country during the campaign or by organising their own welly themed fundraising event.

The yellow welly is a well known and essential piece of the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member’s kit. Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck. During gale force winds, rain and ice, keeping a sure footing can mean the difference between life and death for volunteers. Recognising the importance of this piece of kit the charity has made the crewmember’s welly a key part of the MAYDAY campaign.

Helping the RNLI launch MAYDAY was Ireland AM’s Sinéad Desmond, who was joined by four RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmembers from Dublin, Donegal, Galway and Cork lifeboat stations.  Sinead commented, “I know from covering rescue and search operations how tirelessly the members of the RNLI work, and how utterly dedicated they are to a job that they do voluntarily. They are incredibly brave women and men and I respect them enormously. And as someone who lives by the coast and spends a lot of my time on and in the sea, knowing that they are there if I ever need them is very reassuring. But it is only thanks to the support of the public that they can continue to offer their specialised skills. I’d really urge everyone in Ireland to support MAYDAY, to buy a welly or hold a welly fundraiser. We have a great love of the sea in Ireland and so many of us use it for recreational purposes or for work, and when we are out there the RNLI keep us safe, if that isn’t worth putting your hand in your pocket for I don’t know what is! Get your wellies on!”

Also lending his support is Cork fisherman Kieran Sullivan, who was rescued by Castletownbere RNLI when his vessel Celtic Dawn was taking on water and he ended up in the sea, clinging on to the side of a liferaft.  Kieran said, “I remember starting to panic when I was in the water and I thought I was in big trouble.  I couldn’t keep my head up out of the water for much longer and I was losing my grip on the rope keeping me afloat. It was then I saw the lifeboat coming into view and I knew I would be okay.  I thought I was on my own but in a few minutes I was pulled onboard and was safe.  As a fisherman I can’t praise the RNLI enough, they are just a call away and I feel safer knowing they are there. I would urge people to support their MAYDAY appeal.”

The RNLI MAYDAY appeal is proudly supported by John West who themselves have a long seagoing tradition. Since 1857 the company has had their own fleet of fishing boats. John West Chief Executive Brendan Murphy added, “The lifeboat crew counts 1,500 members in Ireland, men and women.  These volunteers commit all this effort and time for free.  Whenever their pagers go, they have to abandon their family or work and just go. At John West we know first-hand the reality of the power of the sea, and we fully appreciate and support the work that the RNLI do in saving lives everyday throughout Ireland.”

The public can also join in with MAYDAY on twitter and help the RNLI raise awareness of its lifesaving work this Mayday. The charity has invited them to take a photo holding an RNLI Mayday yellow welly key ring and tweet the phrase ‘I am giving it some welly for the RNLI this Mayday’ including #RNLIMAYDAY and mentioning @RNLI. They will be joined by some well known faces who have all agreed to tweet their yellow welly keyring including Dermot O’Leary, Rachel Allen and Sinead Desmond and others.

People looking for more information on how to get involved or where they can purchase a key ring, they log on to rnli.org/mayday

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or
Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk

Byline: The RNLI is counting down to MAYDAY, the charity’s national fundraising appeal, which recognises Irish volunteer lifeboat crews around the country and raises funds to help them continue their work saving lives at sea.
Page Content: Now in its second year and running nationwide, from Wednesday the 1st May to Bank Holiday Monday the 6th of May, the RNLI is asking the public to `give it some welly´ and help the charity in their work. The Mayday appeal is calling on people to lend their support by either purchasing a special RNLI Mayday yellow welly key ring which will be on sale for €2 at various outlets across the country during the campaign or by organising their own welly themed fundraising event.

The yellow welly is a well known and essential piece of the RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew member’s kit. Waterproof with steel-capped toes, the specially designed boots keep the volunteer crew’s feet warm and dry while also protecting them in dangerous conditions on deck. During gale force winds, rain and ice, keeping a sure footing can mean the difference between life and death for volunteers. Recognising the importance of this piece of kit the charity has made the crewmember’s welly a key part of the MAYDAY campaign.

Helping the RNLI launch MAYDAY was Ireland AM’s Sinéad Desmond, who was joined by four RNLI volunteer lifeboat crewmembers from Dublin, Donegal, Galway and Cork lifeboat stations.  Sinead commented, "I know from covering rescue and search operations how tirelessly the members of the RNLI work, and how utterly dedicated they are to a job that they do voluntarily. They are incredibly brave women and men and I respect them enormously. And as someone who lives by the coast and spends a lot of my time on and in the sea, knowing that they are there if I ever need them is very reassuring. But it is only thanks to the support of the public that they can continue to offer their specialised skills. I'd really urge everyone in Ireland to support MAYDAY, to buy a welly or hold a welly fundraiser. We have a great love of the sea in Ireland and so many of us use it for recreational purposes or for work, and when we are out there the RNLI keep us safe, if that isn't worth putting your hand in your pocket for I don't know what is! Get your wellies on!"

Also lending his support is Cork fisherman Kieran Sullivan, who was rescued by Castletownbere RNLI when his vessel Celtic Dawn was taking on water and he ended up in the sea, clinging on to the side of a liferaft.  Kieran said, “I remember starting to panic when I was in the water and I thought I was in big trouble.  I couldn’t keep my head up out of the water for much longer and I was losing my grip on the rope keeping me afloat. It was then I saw the lifeboat coming into view and I knew I would be okay.  I thought I was on my own but in a few minutes I was pulled onboard and was safe.  As a fisherman I can’t praise the RNLI enough, they are just a call away and I feel safer knowing they are there. I would urge people to support their MAYDAY appeal.”

The RNLI MAYDAY appeal is proudly supported by John West who themselves have a long seagoing tradition. Since 1857 the company has had their own fleet of fishing boats. John West Chief Executive Brendan Murphy added, “The lifeboat crew counts 1,500 members in Ireland, men and women.  These volunteers commit all this effort and time for free.  Whenever their pagers go, they have to abandon their family or work and just go. At John West we know first-hand the reality of the power of the sea, and we fully appreciate and support the work that the RNLI do in saving lives everyday throughout Ireland.”

The public can also join in with MAYDAY on twitter and help the RNLI raise awareness of its lifesaving work this Mayday. The charity has invited them to take a photo holding an RNLI Mayday yellow welly key ring and tweet the phrase ‘I am giving it some welly for the RNLI this Mayday’ including #RNLIMAYDAY and mentioning @RNLI. They will be joined by some well known faces who have all agreed to tweet their yellow welly keyring including Dermot O’Leary, Rachel Allen and Sinead Desmond and others.

People looking for more information on how to get involved or where they can purchase a key ring, they log on to rnli.org/mayday

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Ireland on 0871254124 or email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or
Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Ireland on 0876483547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk