John Duffy, of the John Dory restaurant in Stranorlar, who is originally from Annagry is in his 6th year of hosting a fundraising event every Pancake Tuesday in the John Dory for various charities and this year he decided the RNLI Arranmore Lifeboat would be his chosen charity.
A keen kayaker and fisherman, John was delighted with the response to his pancake day and was pleasantly surprised at the level of awareness the local people displayed of the work the lifeboats do in saving lives at sea and continuing to educate people in sea safety, proving that the RNLI message and the vital work it does is effectively reaching the public.
John paid tribute to all his staff who volunteered their time and contributed to making the event a success.
Speaking to John after the event he said, “I am really delighted to be able to make a contribution to the lifeboat service as I would always have been aware of the very valuable work they do. My grandson Dan really enjoyed seeing the lifeboat and wants to join the crew when he grows up.”
The Arranmore RNLI lifeboat celebrated 130 years of saving lives in 2013 and will be holding various fundraising events over the summer months. The lifeboat service is wholly funded by voluntary donations and legacies and is crewed by volunteers who give up their time to train in all aspects of lifesaving, first aid, communications, boat handling, radar and many other disciplines necessary to carry out their work effectively.
The RNLI will also be celebrating its 190th birthday this year and plans are already afoot to celebrate this important birthday.
If you would like to help the Arranmore lifeboat to continue saving lives please contact Seamus Bonner, fundraising secretary, Arranmore Lifeboat, 0868525011, or any lifeboat station.