1-5 May 2014 is Mayday - the big welly-themed fundraising event for the charity that saves lives at sea.
RNLI volunteers rescue 25 people a week around Ireland – while proudly sporting the brightest of yellow wellies. This Mayday, wear your wellies in support – raising funds to help train and equip Irish lifesavers.
Right now, we need volunteers for street collections in Dublin, Cork and all around Ireland. If you can spare a few hours over the May bank-holiday weekend, we’d love to hear from you. Call 0300 300 9908 or register online here.
At sea, at school, in the office, on the street … wellies are always appropriate, stylish and practical.
RNLI lifeboat volunteers wear bright yellow wellies to protect their feet during dangerous rescues. This Mayday, we’re asking you to use your wellies to help save lives at sea.
You don’t have to be a farmer to work better in wellies.
Everyone loves a dress-down day. Show your solidarity with the volunteer lifeboat crew, who work regular day jobs but are always on call should someone get into trouble on the water.
Ask your co-workers to pay €2 for the privilege of working in wellies for the day.
Whether your welly style is Electric Picnic or Ploughing Championships, bring a little festival feel to work this Mayday.
If you really love wellies, you could go all out and add a welly-themed cake sale, car wash, or competition for the most stylish/muckiest wellies.
Get your class together to raise funds for the RNLI – using a welly instead of a collection bucket.
A pair of RNLI wellies for a lifeboat crew member costs €52, which is an easy fundraising target.
It’s up to you and your students how to raise the money. Ideas include a sponsored welly walk, a welly cakes sale or a welly sports day.
Find lots more Mayday ideas in our Welly Fundraising Guide.
Got your own brilliant idea? Tell us about it by tweeting #RNLImayday
See what MAYDAY events are happening near you, and how you can get involved.
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Your MAYDAY materials:
Every Mayday call deserves maximum attention. We’ve made a selection of eye-catching posters, forms and flyers to help you make the most of your Mayday event.
In this section you’ll discover links for downloading and all kinds of things to help make the most of your Mayday event. From sponsorship forms (essential for UK Gift Aid donations), paying in forms and posters. We’ve also put together a really useful fundraising ideas guide to inspire you!
To help get your creative juices flowing we’ve put together a quick guide with our top tips for making your Mayday event a big success.
Download a paying in form for your sponsorship funds.
Download a Sponsorship form for your Mayday event.
Wellies To Work A3 editable poster to help promote your special Mayday events.
Support Mayday A4 editable poster to help promote your special Mayday events.
A4 Poster to help promote your Mayday events.
Download A4 poster
Show your support for RNLI Mayday on your Facebook and Twitter profiles.
We’ve designed a suite of images for you to use. Click on the button to open the zip file, then right click and save.
Social Media Graphics to help you post Mayday messages on Twitter and Facebook:
Add your photos into Instagram using #YellowWelly – we can’t wait to see what you get up to!
Images from the Mayday 2013
Get behind the lifeboat crew this Mayday. Your donation today will help save lives around Ireland for years to come.
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is a charity registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736). Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland | RNLI (Trading) Ltd - 01073377, RNLI (Sales) Ltd - 2202240, RNLI (Enterprises) Ltd - 1784500 and RNLI College Ltd - 7705470 are all companies registered at West Quay Road, Poole BH15 1HZ. Images & copyright © RNLI 2014.