Oor Lifesaver, an RNLI themed sculpture from Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail, is taking to the sea today (Friday) alongside his crew members to appeal to the Broughty community to help raise the money to keep him.
Ewan Philp of Broughty Ferry lifeboat station has set up a JustGiving page to raise money to bid for the sculpture, sponsored by The Broughty Ferry Traders Association, at the upcoming Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail auction at the Dundee Rep on September 13 when all 70 of the Oor Wullie sculptures will be sold.
All of the money raised to pay for the sculpture will go to The ARCHIE Foundation’s Tayside Children’s Hospital Appeal. Any surplus funds will be split evenly between The ARCHIE Foundation and the RNLI. So far the JustGiving fundraising campaign has raised over £3500. Organisers are hoping to raise £10,000 ahead of the auction in under two weeks time.
Oor Lifesaver, dressed as an RNLI lifeboat man complete with the poignant message ‘RIP Mona’ etched into his bucket, a tribute to those lost during a callout in Broughty Ferry in 1959, has been lovingly looked after throughout the summer by the Broughty Ferry Lifeboat crew and many people from the local area want to see the character become a permanent fixture within the community and the lifeboat station.
Ewan Philp, a crewman for the lifeboat as well as committee member of The Broughty Ferry Traders Association commented: “It has been wonderful to sponsor this Oor Wullie sculpture, commissioned and hand painted by local artist Fiona Hay, who has done a fantastic job of replicating one of the Broughty Ferry lifeboat crew, wearing all the same gear.
Ewan continued: “We have become very fond of him over the summer and have set up our JustGiving crowdfunding page to try and help Oor Lifesaver remain in the Ferry while raising money for a fantastic cause. So many people have helped to fundraise to keep our Oor Wullie here, with local schools, businesses and pubs all getting ‘on-board’ with raising money. Fingers crossed we can raise enough to win him when we bid at the auction on September 13.”
To make a donation visit: http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/lifeboatmanwullie
For further information about Oor Wullie’s Bucket Trail and the upcoming auction visit www.oorwulliebuckettrail.com