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Mayday!

Westlife's Kian Egan with Mayday welly keyring and pin badge

1-5 May 2014 is Mayday - the big welly-themed fundraising event for the charity that saves lives at sea.

​RNLI volunteers rescue 25 people a week around Ireland – while proudly sporting the brightest of yellow wellies. This Mayday, wear your wellies in support – raising funds to help train and equip Irish lifesavers.

Westlife and The Voice's Kian Egan has got behind Mayday, saying: 'I have huge respect for these brave men and women who come from all walks of life. As a surfer and someone who spends a lot of my time in the sea, it is always reassuring to know that they are there if I ever need them. I would encourage everyone in Ireland to get involved with Mayday, and to show their support by buying a yellow welly key ring or pin badge or to hold a yellow welly themed fundraiser.

'We have a great love of the sea in Ireland and so many of us use it for fun or for work, and when we are out there the RNLI keep us safe, so go on, give it some welly from 1-5 May.’

Look out for yellow welly keyrings and pin badges on sale around Ireland, or make a donation online or by text.

​Get behind the lifeboat crew this Mayday. Your donation today will help save lives around Ireland for years to come.

Donate online using the button below, or text MAYDAY to 50300 to donate €2.*

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*Please ask permission from the bill payer. 100% of text cost comes to the RNLI across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT, which means a minimum of €1.63 will come to the RNLI. Service Provider LIKECHARITY014433890.

 

​At sea, at school, in the office, on the street … wellies are always appropriate, stylish and practical.

RNLI lifeboat volunteers wear bright yellow wellies to protect their feet during dangerous rescues. This Mayday, we’re asking you to use your wellies to help save lives at sea.

Office fundraising - Wear your Wellies to Work

You don’t have to be a farmer to work better in wellies.

Everyone loves a dress-down day. Show your solidarity with the volunteer lifeboat crew, who work regular day jobs but are always on call should someone get into trouble on the water.

Ask your co-workers to pay €2 for the privilege of working in wellies for the day.

Whether your welly style is Electric Picnic or Ploughing Championships, bring a little festival feel to work this Mayday.

If you really love wellies, you could go all out and add a welly-themed cake sale, car wash, or competition for the most stylish/muckiest wellies.

Schools fundraising – Fill your Boots

Get your class together to raise funds for the RNLI – using a welly instead of a collection bucket.

A pair of RNLI wellies for a lifeboat crew member costs €52, which is an easy fundraising target.

It’s up to you and your students how to raise the money. Ideas include a sponsored welly walk, a welly cakes sale or a welly sports day.

More ideas

Find lots more Mayday ideas in our Welly Fundraising Guide.

Got your own brilliant idea? Tell us about it by tweeting #YellowWelly

Don’t forget to let us know what you are doing to fundraise for Mayday

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See what MAYDAY events are happening near you, and how you can get involved.

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• Where's Welly?

1-5 May 2014 – Join in all the Mayday shenanigans on Twitter using #YellowWelly and watch out for Where's Welly? We'll be posting photos of the Mayday yellow welly in secret locations across Ireland. All you have to do is guess the location! 

 

• Dungarvan & Helvick Head Branch – RNLI Duck Race

12-13 April 2014 – Join us for some family fun at our RNLI Duck Race event on 12 April. Our fundraising volunteers will be on hand over the whole weekend selling RNLI yellow welly merchandise and will of course be cheering on our duck racers!

 

• Galway Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

1 May 2014 – We’re looking for volunteers to help us raise funds at our stall in Eyre Square Centre. If you could spare some time in your local community, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to have your support!

 

• Lough Ree Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

1 May 2014 - We’re looking for volunteers to help us raise funds at our stall in Athlone. If you could spare some time in your local community, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to have your support!

 

• Ballyglass Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

1 May 2014 – Come on down to visit our sales stalls set up at Swinford and Ballina on Thursday 1 May to support the Ballyglass Fundraising Branch in aid of Mayday.

 

• Lough Derg Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

1 May 2014 – We’re looking for volunteers to help us raise funds at our street stall in Nenagh, Tipperary. If you could spare some time in your local community, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to have your support!

 

• Ennis Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

1 May 2014 – Come on down to show your support at our street stall in Ennis, Co Clare. Get in touch with the Ennis branch to find out more about where to find us – we’d love to see you there!

 

• Kilrush Branch – Fun Bingo Night at the Haven Arms!

1 May 2014 – Kilrush Fundraising Branch will be hosting a fun evening of Bingo for all to enjoy and help raise vital funds for Mayday. Bring your friends and try your luck from 9pm at the Haven Arms in Kilrush, Co Clare. 

 

• Kinsale Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

1 – 5 May 2014 – We’ll be selling Mayday merchandise at various shopping outlets around the town of Kinsale. Get in touch with the station to find out more about where we’ll be – you won’t be able to miss us!


• Crosshaven & Cork Branches – RNLI Merchandise Sales with St Angela’s school

2 May 2014 – We’re looking for volunteers to support our street stall in Cork City Centre with the help of St Angela’s school. Click this link to our Mayday volunteer form if you’d like to join in – we’d love to have your support.

 

• Leap, Glandore & Union Hall Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

2 May 2014 – We’re looking for volunteers to help us sell official Mayday merchandise at our street stall in Skibbereen, West Cork. If you could spare some time to support us, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

• Crosshaven & Cork Branches – RNLI Merchandise Sales at Douglas Farmers Market

3 May 2014 - We’re looking for volunteers to help us sell Mayday merchandise at Douglas Market. If you could spare some time to support us at this fantastic event, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

• Youghal Branches – RNLI Merchandise Sales at Mahon Point Shopping Centre 

3 May 2014 - We’re looking for volunteers to help us sell Mayday merchandise at Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork. If you could spare some time to support us and raise some vital funds for Mayday, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

• Limerick Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

3 May 2014 - We’re looking for volunteers to help us sell Mayday merchandise throughout Limerick City on Saturday 3 May. If you could spare some time, no matter how long or short, get in touch with the Limerick City and Country branch to find out where we'll be. Alternatively, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

RNLI Merchandise Sales in Douglas Shopping Centre

3 May 2014 - We’re looking for 20 eager volunteers to help us sell Mayday merchandise throughout Douglas on Saturday 3 May. If you could spare some time, no matter how long or short, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

• Cork Branch – Mayday Coffee Morning

7 May 2014 – The Cork Fundraising volunteers will be hosting a coffee morning in aid of Mayday at the P.A.C.E Center in Passage West, Cork. We’d love to see you there to help us raise some vital funds over some tea and cake, so come on down to ‘fill your boots’ from 10am-1pm!  

 

• Ballycotton Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales at Cork’s largest farmers market

8 May 2014 – We’re looking for volunteers to help us sell Mayday merchandise at the Mahon Point Farmers Market in Cork. If you could spare some time to support us at this fantastic event, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

• Cobh Branch – RNLI Merchandise Sales

11 May 2014 – The Brilliance of the Seas arrvies at her new home in Cobh and we'll be alongside selling RNLI Mayday Merchandise in celebration! If you could spare some time to help us raise some vital funds, click this link to our Mayday volunteer form – we’d love to hear from you!

 

Your MAYDAY materials:

Every Mayday call deserves maximum attention. We’ve made a selection of eye-catching posters, forms and flyers to help you make the most of your Mayday event.

Don’t forget to let us know what you are doing to fundraise for Mayday

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Download fundraising ideas guide

Fundraising ideas

To help get your creative juices flowing we’ve put together a quick guide with our top tips for making your Mayday event a big success.

Paying in form

Download a paying in form for your sponsorship funds.

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Download a sponsorship form for Mayday - opens in new window

Sponsorship form

Download a sponsorship form for your Mayday event.

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Wear your Wellies To Work A3 editable poster

Tell the world about your dress-down day.

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A4 editable poster

To help promote your special Mayday event.

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Poster

To help promote your Mayday event.

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Share and Tweet

Show your support for RNLI Mayday on your Facebook and Twitter profiles.

We’ve designed a suite of images for you to use. Click on the button to open the zip file, then right click and save.

Social Media Graphics to help you post Mayday messages on Twitter and Facebook:

Twitter graphics



Facebook graphics

Add your photos into Instagram using #YellowWelly – we can’t wait to see what you get up to!

Visit our 2014 Instagram selection of images

Images from Mayday 2013