Raft Race scoops Morelli’s as new sponsor for 2013

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THE DATES for your diary is May 25 and 26 when Portrush will host the 32nd RNLI charity raft race.

Morelli’s Ice Cream has come on board with the traditional fun filled family event to ensure that the Raft Race continues to entertain and raise funds for the volunteer crew at Portrush Lifeboat Station.

This is an exciting development for the Raft Race, as Morelli’s is one of the best known family owned companies and has been producing ice cream on the North Coast for over a century.

Naldo Morelli went on to say: “Morelli’s are so thrilled and excited about sponsoring the 2013 Raft Race.

“We hope to help promote the carnival atmosphere of the event whilst highlighting the hard work and dedication of the RNLI and the volunteer crews who do such an important job.

“We want to encourage everyone to get involved in this year’s events and support the RNLI.”

Maryna Wylie Chair of Raft Race added: “ We are thrilled that Morelli’s have agreed to be our main sponsor this year.

“Naldo and Daniela have worked with us over the past weeks to take forward our programme for the weekend of the 25th and 26th May and we are looking forward to introducing new events to add to the excitement of the weekend.”

The Mayor of Coleraine councillor Sam Cole congratulated the organisers for what promises to be another great event: “As sponsor and supporter of this local event, Council is reassured to see the Portrush Raft Race grow in strength and in size.

“The volunteer support is to be commended for the vital funds that they raise for the RNLI.

“The event is great fun and appeals to families and groups of all ages.

“With over a thirty year history, many of the Portrush residents have grown up with this event and what it stands for. I congratulate the organisers and look forward to enjoying a sunny day by the beach on the North Coast!”

The Morelli’s Portrush Raft Race, which also includes a Junior Raft Race, will once again be compered by Radio Ulster’s Alan Simpson and will take place over the weekend of the 25th and 26th May 2013 at Portrush Harbour.