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Kirkwall Kayak Club lighting up Hogmanay in RNLI fundraiser

Lifeboats News Release

The Kirkwall Kayak Club will paddle around Kirkwall harbour on Hogmanay afternoon lit up in festive lights to raise funds for the RNLI.

Kirkwall Kayak Club

Kayaks decorated with lights

The “Flotilla of Light” will take place on Saturday the 31 December at 3pm. Paddlers from Kirkwall Kayak Club will paddle around the marina with their kayaks decorated in colourful fairy lights.

The fundraising event will be a unique spectacle to see at Kirkwall harbour and will be supported on the day by RNLI Kirkwall lifeboat crew and volunteers.

Paddlers will launch at Hatston slip and paddle around Kirkwall bay and marina, before finishing up in the basin where the lifeboat is moored. Completing the event at the RNLI station where they will be offered thanks for their support.

Mike Cooper, RNLI Kirkwall Operations Manager says “Local fundraising is the backbone of the RNLI, we are grateful for the efforts from the Kayak Club and look forward to supporting them at this event.”

Notes to editors

· Kirkwall RNLI lifeboat station has been operating since 1972. To learn more about the lifeboat station go to:



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