RNLI Event

posted 4 May 2018, 01:38 by Derrygonnelly Harps

The Health & Wellbeing Committee recently hosted a hugely successful water safety and life-jacket safety check event in the clubhouse, in association with the RNLI.

The RNLI (the charity that saves lives at sea) and the GAA are working in partnership aiming to reducing the number of people who lose their lives though drowning in Ireland. Each year an average of 28 people drown accidentally around the Irish coast.

The RNLI aims to halve coastal drowning by 2024 and the GAA is working with the charity to engage with clubs and communities, particularly in coastal and lakeland areas like Fermanagh, to provide information and support that could save lives.

The RNLI’s drowning prevention campaign ‘Respect the Water’, is supported through the GAA’s Healthy Clubs initiative and the wider club network. Many GAA clubs are based in coastal communities with 333 of them in a 10km radius of the 46 RNLI lifeboat stations in Ireland. Their location makes them ideally placed for sharing information and raising awareness of the causes of drowning and how to prevent it.

Pictured at our recent event in Canon Maguire Park is our chairman John McGovern with Peter Scott & Laura Jackson from the RNLI  and Joe Gilroy.  The club looks forward to working with the RNLI again in the very near future.