As part of the initiative to reduce the risk of drowning, the RNLI and GAA have joined forces in a Respect the Water campaign, with their goal being to halve drowning by the year 2024. As part of the National Agreement between both Associations, a talk on Water Safety by the Youghal RNLI was last week hosted in Club Aras with a large and interested attendance. Encouraged to be "Safe for the Summer and Beyond" the Talk was open to everyone.
Presented by Kevin Daly, with support from Youghal RNLI crew, a superb video presentation highlighted the dangers, and means to prevent drowning. The event created superb interaction between the RNLI and the local GAA Club members of all ages who attended and certainly brought an awareness of the dangers of entering the sea unprepared.
The RNLI is serious in its commitment to halve preventable drowning by 2024, and working with the GAA brings this campaign to a sizable and passionate audience through Clubs and communities of the GAA. The focus of this campaign is drowning prevention, and they want to share life-saving information and advice with as many as possible. The GAA has a huge member base, with thousands of people attending GAA matches, and 333 Clubs are situated within a 10km radius of an RNLI Lifeboat Station. The GAA, like the RNLI, has a strong volunteer ethos and community focus which is at the heart of both organisations. They have given RNLI access to players, and have agreed to let them communicate to their network of Clubs throughout Ireland.
Further information from Niamh Stephenson RNLI PR Manager Tel 00 353 87 1254 124 email: Niamh_Stephenson@rnli.org.uk or Nuala McAloon RNLI Press Officer Tel: 00 353 87 648 3547 email: Nuala_McAloon@rnli.org.uk