Causeway Chronicle

Deputy Mayor takes part in the RNLI’s Reindeer Run Challenge

The Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan and Deputy Mayor, Councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop pictured with Ruth McNeill of the Armoy Community Association who will join with the Deputy Mayor on Saturday 2nd December for the start of her December walking challenge for RNLI.

Deputy Mayor of Causeway Coast and Glens, Councillor Margaret-Anne McKillop, is helping to raise funds for the RNLI, the charity that saves lives at sea, this December, as she gets her walking boots on for the charity’s Reindeer Run Challenge.

The Mayor, Councillor Steven Callaghan, announced the RNLI as his charity partner earlier this year and in support, Cllr McKillop has signed up to the RNLI Reindeer Run Challenge, seeking to raise funds for the charity that operates both a lifeboat and a lifeguard service, in Northern Ireland, by walking 24 miles.

For the first leg of her challenge, Cllr McKillop will join with the Armoy Community Association in Lime Park, where she will be carrying her RNLI donation bucket as she walks the 5k alongside locals.

The fundraising challenge will take place this Saturday, 2nd December at 9:30 am and Cllr McKillop is hoping people will come along on the day to support the RNLI and donate what they can. She will also encourage others to take part in the RNLI Reindeer Run Challenge. 

Cllr McKillop said: “The importance of the RNLI within our coastal communities cannot be overstated.

“I know the volunteer lifeboat crew at Red Bay RNLI in Cushendall and other flank stations throughout the Borough will be on call throughout the festive period and it’s important to raise much needed funds to continue to support their work. I am looking forward to joining Armoy Community Association in Lime Park this Saturday.

“I am delighted to join the Mayor in supporting his fundraising efforts for the RNLI and I would encourage anyone who can, to join in the RNLI’s Reindeer Run Challenge.”

The RNLI can only launch their lifeboats and provide lifeguards to patrol our beaches through fundraising, their goal is to save everyone.

Redbay RNLI Fundraising Chairperson Connor McAfee thanked the Deputy Mayor saying: “We are always very grateful to anyone who chooses to fundraise for the RNLI, and it is an honour that the Deputy Mayor is supporting the Mayor’s fundraising efforts by walking 24 miles during December. 

“We rely solely on financial support through donations to facilitate our work and without it we would not be able to save lives in the way we do.

“It’s still not too late to sign up for the RNLI Reindeer Run Challenge. Thank you to everyone who supports us.”

Neal Somerville, Fundraising Manager at the RNLI added: “2024 will see the RNLI celebrate its 200th anniversary, saving lives at sea and we are thankful for partnerships like this which help us to continue our work in local communities.

“We are very grateful to the Mayor & Deputy Mayor for their support in raising funds for the RNLI.”

If you are interested in taking part, register using the link below and when asked to join as an individual or team please choose our team “RNLI Red Bay”


Maurice Bradley