To be a voluntary fundraiser?
What’s in it for me?
Nothing! Or is there?
The word “charity” has several definitions but the one that suits us and the work of the RNLI is “an institution or fund for helping the needy.“
This green and pleasant land is an island with over 9000 miles of coastline, our history and heritage are intrinsically bound into the sea and we still rely heavily on shipping for our economy. This combined with more leisure time has attracted vast numbers to water whether it be sea, lake or river.
In 2015, the RNLI’s lifeboat crews rescued 7,973 people during 8,228 launches at sea and our lifeguards assisted 18,181 people in 15,714 incidents on our shores. In addition to that, the RNLI’s specially-trained Flood Rescue Team helped 400 people during December’s floods in Cumbria. Considering 95 % of the people involved with the RNLI are volunteers, we do punch above our weight.
All the money raised comes from public donations which pay for the lifeboat service around the United Kingdom and Ireland. Neither does the RNLI charge for the emergency service it provides.
The funds are raised by over 20,000 ordinary people throughout the land. Our committee in 2014 raised £50K this was generated from street collections, race evenings, fashion shows, tombolas, half marathon runs, and social events. Many presentations about the RNLI were given by my wife to raise awareness in schools about the dangers of the sea as well as to other organisations such as the Masons, Rotary, WI and Round Table. The committee comprises of 12 people from various backgrounds and the synergy generated creates a collage of ideas. In doing so, these new ideas are developed into events and are our building blocks to go to out to new venues, making new contacts and to raise funds.
At the end of April 2016, we will have a huge boost in the Yorkshire region as the RNLI has been chosen as the partner charity for the Tour De Yorkshire, an event which coincides with our national fundraising campaign, Mayday. That will bring lots of opportunities for us to raise funds, promote our safety messages and possibly attract new volunteers.
Sadly I have read in the local paper that there are an increasing number of people that are lonely which is adversely impacting on their health.
Volunteering for the RNLI will bring you into contact with friends on a regular basis; stimulate new positive thoughts giving a feeling of self-worth, and you will contribute to saving lives at sea, on the beach and in flooded areas.
If you would like to volunteer, please contact the RNLI on 0300 300 9902 or at CommunitySupportTeam@rnli.org.uk
RNLI Humber & Holderness Branch