Row Hard or Go Home teams raise €35,096 for the RNLI in Ireland
Four members of the Irish Row Hard or Go Home team visited Howth RNLI recently to present a cheque for €35,096 to the lifeboat crew, which was raised through them taking part in the World’s Toughest Race, a 4,800km row across the Atlantic Ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua.
The RNLI and Laura Lynn were the charities chosen by the two teams to benefit from their fundraising ask.
The funds raised for the RNLI will be spent in Ireland and will go towards the search and rescue charity’s work of saving lives at sea. The group were shown around the north Dublin lifeboat station by some of the crew. The RNLI operates two lifeboats at Howth, an All-Weather vessel and a smaller D-class craft, which are on call 24/7.
The Row Hard or Go Home teams spent over a month at sea in some incredibly challenging conditions, away from their family and dry land. They took turns to sleep and eat and carried out repairs on the small boats, miles out to sea.
Commenting on the generous donation, RNLI Community Manager Pauline McGann said, ‘We are so delighted with the donation from the Row Hard or Go Home teams. Their race across the ocean, which was followed online by so many people, showed what an incredible journey and feat of endurance they undertook. As the RNLI is a charity that saves lives on the water, we know the challenges that being out at sea for so long can raise. They were so strong and so committed to their goal and they raised much needed funds for our lifesaving work in Ireland. We are so grateful they choose the RNLI as one of their charities.’
Derek McMullen a member of the Row Hard or Go Home team added ‘"It can not be understated how important and how invaluable the RNLI are. The dedication and commitment of the volunteers have saved countless lives down through the years and indeed have been there to support us through our own sea going adventures.’
Notes for Editor:
The members of Row Hard or Go Home present were Derek McMullen (with his young son Fionn), Jim Bailey, Frankie Mohan, Eugene Mohan with Howth RNLI Coxswain/Mechanic Ian Sherian (with his daughter Amelia), Aidan Murphy and Killian O’Reilly.
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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