CSPE Talk from RNLI

11113On Tuesday last, St Mel’s was treated to an unforgettable day when class 1D invited the RNLI to the school as part of their CSPE action project. The RNLI was represented by Mr. Tony Hiney, community fundraising manager and Ms. Jane walsh, senior member of the Athlone RLNI station and boat crew member.

1D have been working for weeks in advance of the visit to highlight the work of the RLNI and to encourage the school population to give generously to a fundraising drive. This worked very well because 1D were able to hand over a cheque for €220 on the day to fund the work of the lifeboat cruise.

When Ms.Walsh demonstrated some of the gear that a typical lifeboat member has to wear, we learned just how important public fundraising is. A helmet, for example, costs €400, a full whether suit of up to €1500.

Mr.Hiney showed some film clips of recent rescues and spoke about the dangers faced by both the public and the boat cruise went out on open water. But although there was a very serious side to their presentation, the class had some good laughs as well, particularly when some members of the class got to try on the gear(thanks Kealan and Cian). Boy, those life jackets are heavy!

The best laugh of the day happened after the talk when Mr. Kenny graciously allowed himself to be the victim of “a water challenge” in aid of the fundraising. Brilliant sunshine put us all in good form on the occasion.

Class 1D would like to thank Mr. Rowley, Mr James Gerety, Fr McGrath and Ms. McGuinness and all in the school who helped make this a great experience