£100K Appeal Launch
Porthdinllaen volunteer lifeboat crew will be launching their station £100,000 fundraising appeal this Friday, as they invite the local community and RNLI supporters to a celebration to kick off the appeal in style.
Event: Porthdinllaen RNLI £100K Fundraising Appeal Launch Event
Venue: Porthdinllaen Bay, outside the Ty Coch.
Date/time: Friday 7 June 2013 7pm
To launch the £100K fundraising drive, S4C sports and events presenter Morgan Jones will join RNLI volunteers in announcing a community challenge. Porthdinllaen RNLI lifeboat crew and fundraisers have been tasked to raise £100K by the charity to help fund the station’s new boathouse, which will house their new Tamar class lifeboat the John D.Spicer. The station’s new boathouse is quickly taking shape, with contractors already five months into the build.
The set target will fund the station’s mechanic workshop as well as some of the standard building costs for the station. S4C presenter Morgan Jones explains why he is supporting the appeal: ‘The RNLI crew are risking their lives to save others in trouble at sea, and as a boat owner myself, it was an honour to be asked to help launch Friday’s £100K appeal. Many of us enjoy sea activities, be it fishing or kayaking, sailing or water-skiing. But an enjoyable day on the water can turn into an emergency in a second, and that’s where these heroes play their invaluable role.’
Michael Davies, Coxswain of Porthdinllaen’s new Tamar class RNLI lifeboat says: ‘Like all lifeboat stations across the coast, Porthdinllaen RNLI gets tremendous support from the local community. There have been big changes at the station over the past 10 months; we’ve said goodbye to our previous lifeboat the Hetty Rampton which looked after us and kept the crew safe for 25 years, and welcomed the new Tamar class lifeboat to the bay last August. To house the new all-weather lifeboat we’re asking the community to please show their support once again and help us, the RNLI lifeboat crew and fundraisers, to reach our target and help provide the all-weather lifeboat with her new home.’
The first fundraising challenge has already been set, as Morgan leads 30 novice cyclists from St Davids, Pembrokeshire back home to Porthdinllaen Lifeboat Station over a three day period in July. RNLI lifeboat crew, BAM Nuttall workers, who are building the new boathouse, and other RNLI supporters are already in training for the 150 mile cycling challenge along the Welsh coast.