PJ Gallagher pictured with fellow volunteer members from Dun Laoghaire RNLI at the launch of last year's Mayday appeal.

Broadcaster, comedian and Dun Laoghaire RNLI volunteer PJ Gallagher is yet again on board the RNLI’s ‘Mayday’ appeal, which this year will be online due to the Coronavirus pandemic, and the lifeboat charity is urging people to raise funds from home.

‘It is difficult for charities at the moment as the current restrictions mean that we can’t support them in the usual way. The RNLI is very close to my heart as I know first-hand the work they do and it is an incredible feeling to be able to save a life or help someone in trouble on the water, knowing that you have been provided with the proper kit and training to do it,” PJ noted.

PJ Gallagher pictured with RNLI crew members in Croke Park to highlight the charity’s partnership with the GAA for the ‘Respect the Water’ partnership in 2018.

Although the country is staying at home, the charity’s volunteer lifeboat crews are still on-call 24/7, ready to drop everything when their pager sounds, to save lives at sea and on inland waters. Irish lifeboat crews have been on rescue missions during the restrictions and are fully operational.

The charity is calling on the public to help raise funds by having a ‘Cuppa with the Crew’ getting active by joining a step count challenge, or taking the ‘H2only challenge’.

A Howth RNLI volunteer crewmember is making the best of the lockdown which has seen his gym close, by throwing his weight behind Mayday. Ronan Murphy, who owns Toned Fit gym, is going to help members of the public get active and make their steps count for Mayday. 

Ronan will share his session online on Howth RNLI’s Facebook Page with other stations being asked to join him in the challenge. He has also extended an online fitness challenge to PJ Gallagher to encourage others to get involved and to have a little fun for Mayday while they are stuck indoors. Ronan’s gym normally holds a Mayday fundraiser to lift the weight of an RNLI all-weather lifeboat to raise funds.

PJ said he will take up Ronan’s fitness challenge, “to show how easy it is to raise funds for the RNLI and keep fit in the process”. The ‘Make Your Steps Count for Mayday’ is just one way to fundraise.

Click here for information on all Mayday activities and to get involved with RNLI challenges or to simply donate.