Lifesavers go orange

By Abby Rugg

Thursday, January 31, 2013

 

Lifesavers go orange

Last year's Go Orange Day at Ryde Inshore Rescue.

GO Orange Day will take place this month to raise awareness of the work carried out by independent lifeboat stations.

Three Isle of Wight lifeboat crews — Sandown and Shanklin Independent Lifeboat, Ryde Inshore Rescue and Freshwater Lifeboat — are among 67 nationwide, not operated by the RNLI, taking part in the event, on Friday, February 15.

The lifeboat’s crews and volunteers want Island people, businesses and schools to come up with ideas for Go Orange to help keep them afloat, as the independent services rely on donations and charity events to continue the work they carry out in waters around the Isle of Wight.

A few ideas for the day include wearing orange clothing, organising a coffee and cake morning, wearing an orange ribbon in support and arranging a collection for an independent lifeboat.

The co-ordinator for Go Orange Day, Mark Birch, coxswain and 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 for a holiday, you never know when you may have to call upon lifeboat volunteers.

"So, to ensure they are there, please show your support."

Isle of Wight Salsa has organised a Go Orange night in aid of Ryde Inshore Rescue on Saturday, February 16.

The event, at the Royal Victoria Yacht Club, Fishbourne, will include lessons for new and experienced dancers. Sylwester, from Portsmouth group Salsa Sly will be special guest.

Tickets must be bought in advance from www.isleofwightsalsa.co.uk

• Anyone wishing to get involved in Go Orange Day can contact 01983 401791 or 07821 854882.

Reporter: abbyr@iwcpmail.co.uk

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