Mid Ulster District Council Chair, Cathal Mallaghan joined Sinn Fein Councillor, Ronan McGinley on a tour of Lough Neagh Rescue’s Ardboe station in the run up to the charity’s 25th anniversary.
The council representatives also generously donated a cheque for £100 towards the life-saving organisation’s Silver Ball on behalf of the new council.
Mr Mallaghan, told the Mail: “The Lough Neagh Rescue organisation is very important in terms of protecting and saving the lives of people who work on Lough Neagh and use the lough for recreation purposes.
“I wish to pass on my congratulations on their 25th year anniversary, and in doing so offer them a small donation on behalf of the Mid Ulster Council.
“The volunteers give up lots of time to train and to perform rescues and do not receive any remuneration. They are an integral part of the Lough Shore and I hope they go from strength-to-strength.”
Cllr Ronan McGinley took to Facebook to thank LNR for the station tour as well as “giving us an insight into the work carried out by Lough Neagh Rescue”.
He added: “Great resource in the area and [I] hope the fundraising Gala goes well.”
Whilst a spokesperson for Lough Neagh Rescue said: “Big thanks to Mid Ulster Council chair Cathal Mallaghan and councillor Ronan McGinley for showing support to Lough Neagh Rescue, who have been serving the community for 25 years.
“A Gala night will be held on November 8 to celebrate this great achievement - here’s to 25 more years.”
For details, or to buy tickets contact Lough Neagh Rescue on Facebook.