Thanet RNLI Community Safety

Celebrating International Volunteers Day – Thanet RNLI Community Safety

On Saturday (5th December 2020) our team are helping to celebrate International Volunteers day.  International Volunteers Day is an international observance that was mandated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1985.  The day is an opportunity for us all to promote volunteerism, encourage everyone to support volunteer efforts and recognise volunteer contributions.  After all, this year has been very challenging for all of us in a multitude of ways.  Thousands of volunteers across the UK have been at the forefront of medical, community and societal responses to the pandemic.  They should be applauded at every opportunity, giving up their valuable time to help others.

 

So, why do people volunteer?   There are many reasons, but here are a few:

  • Give something back to the community
  • Make a difference to the people around us
  • Learn new skills
  • Meet new people and build friendships
  • Build on existing knowledge and experience
  • Become part of a team and feel valued
  • Gain confidence and increase self-esteem
  • Spend time away from a busy lifestyle or the working environment
  • Opportunity to socialise
  • Find new employment by enhancing employment prospects eg improving CV’s

The RNLI relies on 35,000 dedicated volunteers (making up 95% of their total strength) and the HM Coastguard indicate that they have 3,500 Coastguard Rescue Officers who are highly trained in missing person searching, first aid, water, mud and cliff rescue.

RNLI and HM Coastguard Teams have been busier than ever during 2020

RNLI and HM Coastguard Rescue Teams have been on-call throughout the pandemic providing round-the-clock search and rescue cover with an increasing number of call-outs to persons needing help and assistance due largely to an increase in people enjoying ‘staycations’ and days out at the coast.  The RNLI have described the 2020 season as one like no other.

Thank you

So, let’s get behind all those volunteers out there who freely volunteer their time and say a big thank you for everything they do and continue to do.   Whenever you next meet a volunteer just say ‘thank you’.  If you are a volunteer yourself, thank your colleagues and the team it will make all the difference!

Stay safe out there and thank you for reading.

 

How to stay safe during the pandemic

If you are out and about in your communities please help to stay safe by heeding the government advice for the particular tier or country which you are residing, visiting or working in.

 

Acknowledgements

Royal National Lifeboat Institution

HM Coastguard

National Council for Voluntary Organisations

United Nations

 

Further useful references

RNLI Volunteering Vacancies

HM Coastguard Volunteer Vacancies

Government advice on volunteering during COVID-19

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RNLI  Announced as Official charity for the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon

We are delighted to announce that the RNLI has been announced as the official charity for the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon which will take place later this year in September.  The event formerly known as the Kent Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon is one of the most prestigious running events in the South East, taking either 13 or 26 miles of the most stunning and picturesque sights and landscapes through Ramsgate, Margate, Broadstairs and Westgate-on-Sea.

 

The race organised by Thanet Roadrunners AC is considered to be one of the friendliest marathons to take part in and will see a large number of serious athletes as well as charity runners.  The event starts at 9.30 am on Sunday 6th September 2020, beginning and finishing at Palm Bay School, Cliftonville.

The decision to award the charity this major role was made by the Race Director of the race and Thanet Roadrunners AC club committee.  £1 from every entry will be donated to the RNLI which will be divided equally between Ramsgate and Margate Lifeboat Stations.  In addition the RNLI Community Safety Team are planning to have a sea safety stand at the event where it will deliver important safety information and advice to all the runners, families and spectators.

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Ramsgate All Weather Lifeboat

Maryanne Aitken, Race Director of the Margate Coastal Marathon & Half Marathon said, ‘Thanet Roadrunners is delighted to partner with the RNLI, which does so much work locally to educate locals and visitors alike about water safety’.

 

Andy Mills, Thanet RNLI Community Safety Officer said, ‘We are over the moon that the charity is so recognised locally by such important community organisations like Thanet Roadrunners AC.  Over the year, we hope to promote this race, our involvement in the important message of water safety.

Further details about the race will be published on the Thanet Roadrunners website in due course.

 

Stay tuned for details about our involvement with this great event on our Blog and social media channels