Ven­ture scouts brave el­e­ments to raise funds for res­cue boat

Bray People - - Bray People -

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.

For more in­for­ma­tion send an email to timmss@tcd.ie

Christo­pher Mur­ray, Emma Roe, Gary O’Reilly, Kevin Con­naughton and John Vick­ers aboard their raft.

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