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Sophie and Ruiari Complete 40-Mile Challenge Raising Money For RNLI


Sophie and Ruiari’s big adventure is complete, trekking 40 miles around the local area over the few weeks to raise money for the RNLI.

The two 9-year-olds completed the equivalent distance of the journey around some of South Wales’ RNLI Lifeboat Stations, from Porthcawl Lifeboat Station to Penarth and finally Barry Dock Station. The walking was done around the local area, but the kids visited the lifeboat stations on the weekends.

The children, who describe themselves as “little people with a big passion” completed the challenge to raise money for all three of the RNLI stations. They aimed to hit £800 in total but ended up smashing their target and raising £955 at the time of writing, 119% of their goal.

Barry Dock RNLI shared the news of Sophie and Ruiari’s achievement in a post on their Facebook page, saying:

“Well done Sophie and Ruairi! They have completed their Mayday mile challenge by walking 40 miles. They have been walking after school and on weekends in between doing their other sporting activities. They are raising money for Porthcawl, Penarth and Barry Dock Lifeboat stations. The RNLI is a charity dedicated to saving lives at sea and without the support of people like Sophie and Ruairi this would not be possible. Thank you from everyone at Barry Dock RNLI.”

A post on the kids’ JustGiving page explains their motives for completing this challenge, stating:

“Too many people are still drowning. More than ever we need the RNLI’s help. As a charity, the RNLI depends on our donations so it can go on saving lives and keeping us and our loved ones safe. RNLI lifesavers are our lifeline. They’re the lifeboat crews who provide 24-hour search and rescue right around the UK and Ireland. The lifeguards keeping watch on 240 of the busiest beaches in the UK and Channel Islands. And the RNLI safety teams and educators working tirelessly to stop people getting into trouble in the first place.”

You can find Sophie and Ruairi’s JustGiving page here.

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