Lough Ree RNLI host major fundraising event tonight

After another busy year on the water, having responded to 38 calls for assistance, Lough Ree RNLI are beginning the New Year with a fundraising table quiz on January 4th in The Bounty at Buccaneers Rugby Club, Athlone.

Now in its 200th year, the charity will celebrate its birthday on March 4th 2024, with many events planned throughout the year.

At a local level, the requirement for financial support is as important as ever. All boat crew go through intensive training throughout the year, facilities and equipment is in constant need of renewal, and the demand for the emergency service continues to grow on Lough Ree and the River Shannon.

The average cost of training a crew member is over €1,500, and to provide a drysuit, lifejacket and helmet adds another €2,000 to the bill.

Around 140 people die by accident in Irish and UK waters every year. The volunteer RNLI crews remain on call to respond to any emergency. In 2022, there were 1,387 people aided, 30 of which were categorised as ‘lives saved’.

The treasurer of Lough Ree RNLI Vincent Rafter said, “The charity values the brilliant support it receives from the community around Lough Ree and visitors to the midlands. We look forward to meeting all our friends and supporters at the table quiz. This is one of the most significant fundraising events for Lough Ree RNLI and makes a great contribution to safety on our waters”.

The 7th annual RNLI Table Quiz takes place on January 4th, 2024 at 8 pm in The Bounty at Buccaneers Rugby Club. A table of 4 costs €40.

Come along to the quiz to support this worthy cause and enjoy a great way to start the New Year!