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04 Oct 2022

Ballycommon ladies fundraise for Tipperary RNLI rescue service on Lough Derg

Ballycommon ladies fundraise for Tipperary RNLI rescue service on Lough Derg

Eleanor Hooker, Lough Derg RNLI; Kathleen Maloney, Ballycommon Ladies Club; Niamh McCutcheon, Lough Derg RNLI; Breda Flannery, Ballycommon Ladies Club; Liam Maloney, with members of Ballycommon Ladie

Ballycommon Ladies Club made Lough Derg RNLI its chosen charity for 2018 and recently presented the service with a fundraising cheque in the Thatch Cottage, Ballycommon at which RNLI volunteer helm Eleanor Hooker gave a talk on the RNLI's work.

The cheque was presented to Niamh McCutcheon, chair of Lough Derg RNLI, by Kathleen Maloney of the ladies club. Liam Maloney, RNLI operations manager at Lough Derg, spoke to the group and thanked them for their support, saying “fundraising efforts on behalf of the lifeboats ensures it continues to provide its vital lifesaving services”.

At the ballycommon club's first meeting of the new season, Eleanor Hooker, volunteer helm, Lough Derg RNLI, spoke to the group about training, the nature of call outs on Lough Derg and the costs for the RNLI charity in running a station. She also demonstrated the kit the crew wear on the boat.

The RNLI is a charity that saves lives at sea and on inland waterways. It provides a ring of safety around the coastlines of Ireland and the UK, and on inland waterways, with the objective to end preventable loss of life on the water.

It is no exaggeration to say that everything volunteers and staff do to achieve this, is done in the spirit of being selfless, dependable, trustworthy and courageous.  

Some 95 per cent of RNLI people are volunteers, be it boat crew, shore crew or fundraising volunteers.

In 2017 RNLI lifeboats around Ireland launched 1,088 times and assisted 1,471 people.

In 2017 it costs €544,000 per day to run the RNLI.

Meanwhile, Lough Derg RNLI is looking to recruit new volunteers. No previous boating experience is required as training is provided. If you are interested, come down to the station in the grounds of Lough Derg Yacht Club in Dromineer any Sunday morning from 9.30am, or contact 087-6004366. 

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