INTRODUCING OUR PARTNERS
LARNE LIFEBOAT STATION HAS BEEN CHOSEN AS A CHARITY PARTNER OF THE ANTRIM COAST HALF MARATHON
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea. They do this through lifeboat search and rescue, lifeguards, water safety education and flood rescue.
James McIlroy, Antrim Coast Half Marathon Race Director said ‘we are delighted to be able to support the RNLI in Larne. This partnership made perfect sense because the race starts and finishes at Larne harbour and last year, race participants were able to see the lifeboat in the water as they ran along the beautiful coastline. We hope to grow this partnership over the next few years.’
The Larne Station was established in 1994 and since then, volunteer crew have remained committed to keeping people safe. Not only by responding to calls to launch the lifeboat at any time of day or night, but also working tirelessly to provide vital water safety messages to local schools and community groups.
Like most charities, during the Coronavirus pandemic, the fundraising activities stopped and income for the station went down significantly.
With reduced holidays abroad, more people than ever took, and continue to take to the coastal areas in Northern Ireland – engaging in activities such as open water swimming, paddle boarding and kayaking. The result has evidently been more calls for help from the RNLI. Despite concerns at the time, around the health of the crew and the financial worries of the charity, they remained 100% committed to ensuring the Antrim Coast was a safe place to visit.
Nuala Muldoon, Northern Ireland Community Manager for RNLI said, ‘95% of all income for the RNLI comes from donations. We are separate from the Coastguard and independent of the Government so we couldn’t do what we do without partnerships like this and the support of the community. We really hope to raise as much money as possible for the station on the day, and also leading up to the event. We will have collection buckets, our pop-up shop, charity mascot Stormy Stan will also be doing the rounds, and we hope some will consider fundraising for us in the weeks leading up to the event. Money raised will help fund crew training and essential kit’.
There are a number of free places for the Antrim Coast Half Marathon available for those who pledge to raise at least £100 for the RNLI, please email [email protected] if you would like more information on this.
If you won’t be there on the day but would still like to support the station please visit our Just Giving Page.
Or scan our QR code to make a donation:
2022 RNLI-911 CHALLENGE
75 RNLI LIFEBOAT STATIONS IN 20 DAYS
START: 9.11AM 23-8-22 FINISH: 9.11AM 11-9-22
To drive anti-clockwise around the whole of IRELAND (North & South).
Visiting ALL 75 RNLI Lifeboat Stations (past & present).
Travelling over 2,000 miles within 20 days!
PURPOSES OF THE CHALLENGE
RAISE AWARENESS OF RNLI
RAISE FUNDS FOR A D CLASS LIFEBOAT