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Cork RNLI reindeer run hailed a success

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Nuala McAloon
Press Officer - Ireland

Start quoteThe RNLI can face some of its most challenging callouts over the Winter months. While others will be enjoying the Christmas festivities with their loved ones, we know that somewhere lifeboats will be launched to help save lives at seaEnd quote

Lifeboats News Release

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  • Author: Nuala McAloon

Upwards of 200 runners and walkers braved the wind and rain on Sunday (25 November) to take part in the RNLI reindeer run and family fun day in county Cork.

This was the second such annual event to take place in Cork ahead of Christmas to help raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea.

This year the RNLI had joined forces with well known chef and author Rachel Allen who launched the runs last month and who took part in the 5k event which took place at Fota House and Gardens outside Cobh.

Rachel is a long standing supporter of the RNLI and is familiar with the life-saving work of the charity, living close to Ballycotton lifeboat station.

The winner of the 10K event was Rory O'Neill while Michael Bourie won the 5K run.

Speaking following yesterday’s event, Eileen Kearney, RNLI Community Fundraising Manager said the weather conditions didn’t dampen the spirits of those that turned up, donned a pair of antlers and got into the festive mood.

‘It was great to see so many people come out despite the inclement weather conditions and participate in the 5k, 10k, and Santa saunter events. There was a great festive atmosphere throughout the day and we would like to thank everyone who supported the event in any way. The RNLI can face some of its most challenging callouts over the Winter months.  While others will be enjoying the Christmas festivities with their loved ones, we know that somewhere RNLI lifeboats will be launched to help save lives at sea’.

The second of this year’s RNLI reindeer runs in Ireland, will take place in Marlay Park in Dublin this Sunday, 2 December.


RNLI media contacts
For more information please contact Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer on 087 648 3547 or email Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk or Niamh Stephenson RNLI Public Relations Manager on 087 1254 124 or 01 8900 460 email Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk

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The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that saves lives at sea. Our volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service in the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland from 237 lifeboat stations, including four along the River Thames and inland lifeboat stations at Loch Ness, Lough Derg, Enniskillen and Lough Ree. Additionally the RNLI has more than 1,000 lifeguards on over 180 beaches around the UK and operates a specialist flood rescue team, which can respond anywhere across the UK and Ireland when inland flooding puts lives at risk.

The RNLI relies on public donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. As a charity it is separate from, but works alongside, government-controlled and funded coastguard services. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824 our lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved at least 140,000 lives. Volunteers make up 95% of the charity, including 4,600 volunteer lifeboat crew members and 3,000 volunteer shore crew. Additionally, tens of thousands of other dedicated volunteers raise funds and awareness, give safety advice, and help in our museums, shops and offices.

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