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RNLI calls on new volunteers to join its fundraising crew in Wicklow

Lifeboats News Release

The RNLI is looking for new fundraising volunteers to join its lifesaving crew at branches in Wicklow, Arklow, Greystones and Newtown.

Joe Taylor

Just like the charity’s lifeboats, the RNLI’s fundraising team need a dedicated volunteer crew. Volunteers are at the heart of the RNLI and make up 95% of its people. They are ordinary people who do extraordinary things and without them, the organisation couldn’t continue to save lives at sea.

But it’s not all about volunteering on lifeboats or at a station, there are many other ways people can give a little or a lot of their time to support the RNLI and make their own lifesaving difference.

Joe Taylor is the secretary of the Greystones and Newtown Fundraising Branch and has been volunteering for 13 years.

‘I am a sailor and have been involved with the sea all my life so when the committee, all of whom I would have known anyway, asked me to get involved, I did.’

The branch organises a number of regular events throughout the year including a trophy race through the Greystones sailing club, collections, raffles and car washes, and the group also has a trailer shop on Greystones Harbour.

‘I volunteer because I know the people on the lifeboat crew are also volunteers and when you live close to Bray or Wicklow, everyone tends to relate to or have had an experience with the lifeboat and you find those who have had an experience are very generous in giving back. Anyone with a connection to the sea either by living or growing up by it as a kid, knows that the lifeboat crew will look after them if there is an emergency at sea.’

Mary Creedon, RNLI Fundraising Partnership Lead hails the selfless efforts of people like Joe: ‘Without our volunteers, the RNLI simply would not be able to operate the way it does today. With 92% of the RNLI’s income coming from donations, the charity relies on the generosity of supporters and on the dedication of our fundraising volunteers to help raise essential funds. Thousands of community fundraising volunteers organise a wide range of activities and events each year, contributing their time, energy and skills to raise money to save lives at sea. Some of our fundraisers have been volunteering for many years while some just join us for a few months in the year depending on what their commitments allow.

‘We now really need to bolster that support and grow our volunteer fundraising crew. If you like to have fun, enjoy meeting new people and want to join a motivated and enthusiastic team, we encourage you to find out more and apply. You will learn new skills, gain experience and have the rewarding satisfaction of giving back. The RNLI will also provide all the necessary training and support so you can carry out your chosen role effectively.’

To find out more about how you can sign up to be a fundraising volunteer at the RNLI in Wicklow, Arklow, Greystones and Newtown or to apply, click on this link rnli.org/OneCrewVolunteers

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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 238 lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland and 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.

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