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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by Mike Crowe

1st February 2013, at 10:53:57

Again thanks for the explanation. i can see 'The Connection' now does have its advantage. It's the "Independent" .. "Not financed by" which needs to be pushed, thus the Orange Day. Makes sense now :-)

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by Michaela White

1st February 2013, at 10:17:43

Mixed views... Ryde still are "Inshore Rescue" and Sandown and Freshwater were originally Rescue and changed to Lifeboat. The change to "lifeboat" actually has helped all the units (and I speak for all those across the country that have changed not just the Island units) as there was confusion as to what "rescue" boats did compared to "lifeboats" when at the end of the day no matter whether you are RNLI or Independent they do the same job, tasked by the same people and adhering to the same assessment and audits to be a declared facility. It actually made more people understand what the independents did as the public has a perception of what lifeboats do.

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by Mike Crowe

1st February 2013, at 10:12:38

Thank you for the explanation.

As you seem to know a bit about the subject, what are your views on my suggestion of dropping 'Lifeboat' in favour of 'Rescue Boat' to avoid any confussion with the RNLI?

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by Michaela White

1st February 2013, at 08:27:57

No what I'm saying is the SSRO are a grant giving organisation who give grants to Independent lifeboat stations in the Solent area. They seek funding from many different avenues; one of their avenues is to approach the local authorities in which the lifeboats operate and see if they wish to donate to the SSRO fund.... some say yes some say no. The independent lifeboats then apply for grants to the SSRO the same way that any charity applies for grant funding. When I said "top up" I was mearly using a phrase to say they ask for support... sorry I didn't make that very clear. I don't believe they go and ask for specific amounts just donations, and it's certainly not to give them a set amount of money in the account.

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by Mike Crowe

1st February 2013, at 08:00:02

Michaela you have me confused as well. Are you saying that 'top up' donations are made from our Council Tax?

If so, who sets the 'Top up' figure. For example if their 'target for the year' is £1000.00 and donations only amount to £750.00 then the 'Top up' of £250.00 comes from our Councils?

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by Michaela White

31st January 2013, at 22:22:09

No they don't Emma... they get money from a grant giving Organisation called the SSRO who are an independent charity who raise funds.... one of their sources of income is by approaching local authorities to top up their fund pots but the units themselves do not get money from the council....

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by Mike Crowe

31st January 2013, at 13:12:03

Emma I didn't see anything in it to remove it. Not like the one I posted reference Assett Stripping of an Island service

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by Mike Crowe

31st January 2013, at 11:49:28

Emma seems to have removed her very interesting letter!!

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by Mike Crowe

31st January 2013, at 11:44:33

The thing is Emma that publicity for voluntary services is free free free :-) The newspapers and the radio are falling over themselves to print/broadcast 'things' that are for the benefit of the local community. I was intervied on BBC Radio Solent the other day and BBC Radio Cornwall yesterday. I have letters to the editor in lots of the local newspapers around the country, all to do with something for and about the communities and the people in them all over the country.

Tons and tons of free stuff. And if you can do what Percy Whiting does in Rule One in his book "The Five Great Rules of Selling" get ATTENTION you're halfway there :-)

There's no such thing as bad publicity unless your name is Ratner.

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by Mike Crowe

31st January 2013, at 10:22:40

"Lifeboat" in nearly everyody's eyes is RNLI.

Change the name with the fanfare of publicity which would go with it to .....
"Sandown and Shanklin Rescue Boat"
"Ryde Inshore Rescue Boat"
"Freshwater Rescue Boat"

What do 'lifeboats' do? They rescue

Tons and tons of publicity in doing a name change.

and when people ask, "Whilst we work in conjunction with the RNLI Lifeboats and the Coastguard Helicoptors, we are independent of both of those services and there was confusion over funding. We are self funded. Please give generously"

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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