Venture scouts brave elements to raise funds for rescue boat
FIVE VENTURE scouts bravely spent 24 hours on a raft in Bray Harbour last weekend to raise money to buy a rescue boat for the group.
The boat is to be purchased this week at a cost of € 2,500 after a year of gruelling fund raising.
There were five young people aged 16 and over stationed on the raft last Sunday, with another 10 scouts getting on and off, cooking food for their peers and generally supporting them.
‘They were all seasick when they came off the raft,’ said leader Suzanne Timms, who said that they had done very well to complete such a tough challenge.
Two of the five had done the unusual sleep- over before in 2007, while this year saw the first girl taking part.
They were checked by their leaders at regular intervals, as well as by the Gardaí, who had been informed of the event.
The new rescue boat, which sill mean that the ventures will be able to go further than the confines of the harbour, will be named ‘Danny Boy’.
Ventures meet at the scout den every Monday night with plenty of water activities going on from May to September and camps, hostel stay- overs and other activities throughout the winter months.
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Christopher Murray, Emma Roe, Gary O’Reilly, Kevin Connaughton and John Vickers aboard their raft.