Bright ideas needed for Go Orange Day

By Martin Neville

Thursday, January 9, 2014

 

Bright ideas needed for Go Orange Day

Go Orange Day 2011. Free oranges on offer at Hovertravel. Gary Spearman and Andy Parnell. Picture by Laura Holme.

AN ORANGE alert has been issued by three independent lifeboat crews on the Isle of Wight.

Crews from Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ryde Rescue and Freshwater Lifeboat will join forces on Go Orange Day on February 21 to raise awareness for independent lifeboat stations.

All three are independent stations, relying on donations and charity to continue the valuable work they carry out in the waters around the IW.

Often the independent lifeboats are confused with the work carried out by the RNLI so February 21 has been pencilled in to raise awareness of the independents.

The crews, all volunteers who give their time and effort for nothing, want Island businesses, schools and even individuals to come up with zany ideas to help keep them afloat.

They suggest:

Dying your hair orange.

Sponsoring someone to sit in a bath of 'orange’ baked beans.

Get your business or school to wear an orange piece of clothing for the day.

Hold a coffee and cake morning.

Wear an orange ribbon in support.

Arrange a collection for your local independent lifeboat.

Mark Birch, operations manager of Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, said: "We want everyone to know 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 on lifeboat volunteers, so to ensure they are there please show your support."

Anyone who would like to get involved can contact Barry or Judy on 401791 or 07821 854882.

Reporter: martinn@iwcpmail.co.uk

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by Will Matthews

11th January 2014, at 07:55:10

I really would rather not be arguing on here, why don't you visit your local lifeboat station and ask all the questions that can be answered in person?

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by Will Matthews

10th January 2014, at 21:46:34

Can I see your research that says the lifeboat service is funded only by people on land, and nobody on the sea?

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by Will Matthews

10th January 2014, at 20:39:15

The difference is, if your boat breaks down, you drift into shipping lanes, storm areas and other such danger areas. If your vehicle breaks down on the road, and you are in danger, you call the police/ambulance service. If your boat breaks down, you call the coastguard who despatch a lifeboat. Nobody is forcing you to find the lifeboat service, and it's not exactly affecting you, is it? So how about you give up preaching your ideas to everyone on this site? I'm sure the RNLI/CG would love to here your idea, but I can guess what their answer would be! Adios :)

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by Will Matthews

10th January 2014, at 19:12:43

No one is forcing you to pay, they just hope that you would have the consideration to help save lives at sea. What if it were a small child that went missing and got swept to sea? It's not simply a 'towing service!' One day, you may find that you need assistance from a lifeboat, especially living on an island!

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by Will Matthews

10th January 2014, at 13:25:20

Lee, that's not how it works, the AA is a paid service, run by employees. The RNLI and Independent Lifeboat Service are all run by volunteers to provide a FREE service to any 'sea-goers', if the RNLI and Independent Lifeboats wanted to charge people, they would have done so by now... The Lifeboat Service in general prides itself on the fact that it is a volunteer service, that is free! Just accept it, I'm sure the corporate fundraisers at RNLI HQ know what they are doing!

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by Will Matthews

10th January 2014, at 07:08:51

If you actually read the whole report Lee, these are independent lifeboats, not part of the RNLI;

"Often the independent lifeboats are confused with the work carried out by the RNLI so February 21 has been pencilled in to raise awareness of the independents."

Any views or opinions presented in the comments above are solely those of the author and do not represent those of the Isle of Wight County Press.

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