Three Isle of Wight lifeboat stations will be among around 67 nationwide joining forces on Friday 13th February to raise awareness for Independent lifeboat stations that operate outside the jurisdiction of the RNLI, with Islanders urged to ‘Go Orange’ in support.
Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ryde Rescue and Freshwater Independent Lifeboat are all independent stations, relying on donations and charity to continue the valuable work they carry out in waters around the Island’s coast.
Often the independent lifeboats, both on the Island and on the mainland, are confused with the work carried out by the RNLI, so Friday 13th February has been pencilled in to raise awareness of the ‘independents’.
The support of Islanders is being sought for the XX annual fundraising day with both the crew and volunteers – who give up their time for nothing – asking Island businesses, schools and even individuals to come up with zany ideas to help keep them afloat.
You could help raise much-needed funds for the Independents by…[alert-success]– Getting your business or school to wear an orange piece of clothing
– Dye your hair orange
– Sponsoring someone to sit in a bath of “orange” baked beans for the day
– Holding a coffee and cake morning
– Wearing an orange ribbon in support
– Holding a party evening wearing a bright colour…such as orange!
– Arranging a collection in your local community
– Holding a sponsored event; walk, silence, dance…anythingSuccess text[/alert-success]
Mark Birch, operations manager of Sandown & Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, is event co-ordinator for Go Orange Day. He said:
“We want everyone to know that we are independent, and need funding to keep going. If you visit the coast for a day out or holiday you never know when you may have to call upon lifeboat volunteers, so to ensure that they are there please show your support.”
Anyone wanting to get involved with Go Orange Day or needing more details should contact Mark on 405999 or 07968673140.
Island Echo will be showing its support for the Island’s Independents by turning the website orange on 13th February to help promote the worthy cause.