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Byline: The RNLI today (1 May 2015) unveiled an eight foot tall yellow welly at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin to mark the launch of its national fundraising campaign, Mayday.
Page Content: The larger-than-life welly boot – which represents the yellow wellies worn by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members – touched down at 9am in Dublin, London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh to mark the start of the RNLI’s flagship fundraising campaign.

The charity is now issuing its own call for help and is asking people to support its Mayday fundraising campaign across the May Day bank holiday weekend, from 1–4 May. The welly unveiling marks the start of a busy weekend of fundraising for the lifesaving charity, as dedicated RNLI fundraisers will be out in force and a host of welly-themed events will be happening across Ireland and the UK over the bank holiday weekend. Fundraisers and volunteer lifeboat crew members will accompany each giant yellow welly to collect donations and talk to members of the public about the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

The RNLI operates 45 lifeboat stations in Ireland and relies on 1,500 volunteer lifeboat crew to be on call to respond to those in trouble at sea or on the water. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 1,089 times in Ireland, rescuing 1,414 people and saving 44 lives. They are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, ready to respond emergencies.

Speaking at the launch this morning Howth RNLI crewmember and mechanic Ian Sheridan said, ‘We have been very busy with lifeboat callouts in Howth this year already. I would call on the public to support the RNLI this Mayday to ensure Irish lifeboats continue to save lives at sea.  The Mayday campaign is vital for our charity to raise funds and awareness for the work we do.’ 

Also present at the launch was Michelle Noone from the RNLI, who added, ‘We picked the lifeboat crew’s yellow welly as a symbol for the Mayday campaign and already this morning people have been stopping to photograph our eight foot welly and taking selfies with it.  As well as being lots of fun we hope it will also make people stop and consider the work our volunteer lifeboat crews do and donate to our Mayday campaign this weekend.’

To donate, visit RNLI.org/Mayday or text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4. Funds raised through the Mayday campaign will help fund the RNLI’s lifesaving work in Ireland.*

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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

Notes to Editors

*Please ask permission from the bill payer. 100% of every donation goes to the RNLI across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT, which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to the RNLI. Service provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.

Byline: The RNLI today (1 May 2015) unveiled an eight foot tall yellow welly at the top of Grafton Street in Dublin to mark the launch of its national fundraising campaign, Mayday.
Page Content: The larger-than-life welly boot – which represents the yellow wellies worn by the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crew members – touched down at 9am in Dublin, London, Cardiff, and Edinburgh to mark the start of the RNLI’s flagship fundraising campaign.

The charity is now issuing its own call for help and is asking people to support its Mayday fundraising campaign across the May Day bank holiday weekend, from 1–4 May. The welly unveiling marks the start of a busy weekend of fundraising for the lifesaving charity, as dedicated RNLI fundraisers will be out in force and a host of welly-themed events will be happening across Ireland and the UK over the bank holiday weekend. Fundraisers and volunteer lifeboat crew members will accompany each giant yellow welly to collect donations and talk to members of the public about the RNLI’s lifesaving work.

The RNLI operates 45 lifeboat stations in Ireland and relies on 1,500 volunteer lifeboat crew to be on call to respond to those in trouble at sea or on the water. Last year, RNLI lifeboat crews launched 1,089 times in Ireland, rescuing 1,414 people and saving 44 lives. They are on-call 24/7, every day of the year, ready to respond emergencies.

Speaking at the launch this morning Howth RNLI crewmember and mechanic Ian Sheridan said, ‘We have been very busy with lifeboat callouts in Howth this year already. I would call on the public to support the RNLI this Mayday to ensure Irish lifeboats continue to save lives at sea.  The Mayday campaign is vital for our charity to raise funds and awareness for the work we do.’ 

Also present at the launch was Michelle Noone from the RNLI, who added, ‘We picked the lifeboat crew’s yellow welly as a symbol for the Mayday campaign and already this morning people have been stopping to photograph our eight foot welly and taking selfies with it.  As well as being lots of fun we hope it will also make people stop and consider the work our volunteer lifeboat crews do and donate to our Mayday campaign this weekend.’

To donate, visit RNLI.org/Mayday or text RNLIMAYDAY to 50300 to donate €4. Funds raised through the Mayday campaign will help fund the RNLI’s lifesaving work in Ireland.*


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RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager Tel: 087 1254 124 / 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 087 6483547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org

Notes to Editors

*Please ask permission from the bill payer. 100% of every donation goes to the RNLI across most network operators. Some operators apply VAT, which means a minimum of €3.25 will go to the RNLI. Service provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 0766805278.