In 2017, RNLI lifeboat crews, using over 350 lifeboats, launched 8,436 times into the sea surrounding the United Kingdom and Ireland. They saved an average of 22 people every single day. Rotary International in Britain and Ireland would like to help replace one of those much needed and vital lifeboats in memory of Paul P. Harris the founder of Rotary International. As a first step, we would like to raise sufficient funds to buy the outboard motor or engine.
There are 11 types of lifeboats ranging from a small 'In Shore' rescue boat, the specialist craft like the Rescue Hovercraft and numerous bigger boats with the largest being the Severn Class lifeboat. All of them have a finite lifespan and must be updated and equipped with the most up to date technology. Without a constant program of investment it would be impossible to continue saving lives at sea. RNLI depends solely upon freely given donations to support the mainly volunteer crews.
The aim of this project is to help raise the profile of the RNLI and their constant need to upgrade their fleet of lifeboats. I am sure that Rotary International can, through its many individual contacts, create the awareness needed to fund a replacement lifeboat crewed by so many volunteers who give their time willingly and at great risk to themselves.
The evidence is already there to be seen, the RNLI was formed in 1824. Since then over 140,000 lives have been saved, primarily by volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards. Their work using the most up to date equipment must continue, with your help and contributions lives will be saved.