Arklow RNLI is facing a ‘drastic’ crisis after normal fundraising activities had to be put on hold due to Covid-19 coupled with a busy summer of call-outs.
Like other charities, the local voluntary-led life-saving service has been unable to hold its usual fundraising events since March due to Covid-19. However, the organisation still has to cover its outgoings at this time. These include costs of around €1,000 each time the lifeboat is called out on a shout.
The treasurer of the Arklow RNLI fundraising branch Tony Fennell described the fundraising situation as ‘drastic’.
‘We effectively have had no fundraising events since the end of March. With many local pubs and restaurants closed during lockdown, people weren’t throwing their loose change into donation boxes, which we hope they will continue to do,’ Mr Fennell said.
‘We’ve lost out on fundraising as have other charities’.
Other annual fundraising events such as the