Busy fundraising week for Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat supporters

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It was a busy week for supporters of Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat. The fundraising events started on Wednesday, 27 July, at East Cork Golf Club where their annual golf classic was held. 37 teams took part and the 2011 winning team from East Cork Oil consisted of three generations of the one family. On Friday night a table quiz was held at the Schooner Bar, Ballycotton. 15 teams took part and competition was stiff. It took a couple of tie breakers to decide who the winners and runners up were.

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Saturday morning saw children gather at Ballinamona strand to build sandcastles and 15 teams, made up of families and friends, gathered at the RNLI lifeboat house in Ballycotton that afternoon to take part in a treasure hunt around the small fishing village. On Saturday night qualifiers took part in the final of the inter-pub karaoke competition that ran throughout the summer. The winner was Eveanna Kearney who was representing Tosh Cahill’s Bar in Cloyne, with Keith (Socky) Cullen a close runner up representing the Long Point in Whitegate. A good night was had by all.

On bank holiday Sunday afternoon various fundraising activities were organised on the pier. There were food stalls, a magic show that kept the young visitors enthralled and fun races on the Conger strand. Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat gave a demonstration of how to recover a person from the water and were closely watched by on-lookers from the pier wall. At 4pm a group of young dancers performed their routine to the enjoyment of the onlookers. The afternoon finished off with fun and games and a wet t-shirt competition. This was highly entertaining and kept the large crowd until 7pm.

The RNLI lifeboat service is manned by volunteers and is a charitable service. Their lifeboats and equipment are constantly being upgraded and are crewed by highly trained personnel who train on a continuous basis. As a charity the RNLI depends on fundraising events for a major part of their funding. The fundraising effort by the volunteers throughout this bank holiday weekend was a great success but could not have been possible without the help of their generous sponsors and supporters. To all those who took part in any small way and to all those who gave their support, Ballycotton RNLI lifeboat offers their heartfelt thanks.

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