Clifden friends to cycle 310km while wearing lifejackets to raise awareness
A one day cycling fundraiser for the RNLI is set to take place on 16 September when four cycling friends will cycle 310km from Dublin to Clifden in Co. Galway while wearing lifejackets for the entire trip.
Clifden RNLI's station mechanic Robert King will cycle along with John James Flaherty, Daniel King and Ciaran Hickey of the Twelve Bens and Western Lakes Cycling Clubs.
The quartet will set off from the RNLI Regional Office in Swords on the morning of Sunday 16 September and make their way west across the Shannon eventually finishing up at Clifden RNLI station.
Organiser Rob King said: Since we all share a common interest in cycling with our local clubs we thought it would be a good idea to undertake a trip like this raising funds but also to raise awareness around water safety at the same time. We feel that since lifejackets are so compact nowadays that this exercise will highlight how easy it is to wear one. Our basic message is ‘If we can wear one, so can you’.
The Lifejacket Cycling Challenge has an online donation page set up at the following link:
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Key facts about the RNLI
The RNLI charity saves lives at sea. Its volunteers provide a 24-hour search and rescue service around the United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland coasts. The RNLI operates over 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and, in a normal year, more than 240 lifeguard units on beaches around the UK and Channel Islands. The RNLI is independent of Coastguard and government and depends on voluntary donations and legacies to maintain its rescue service. Since the RNLI was founded in 1824, its lifeboat crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,700 lives.