From the Mission to Seafarers
By Sue Dight
To all seafarers and port workers, the unsung and unknown frontline key workers for the movement of essential cargo to keep all countries’ wealth and health stay afloat during this extraordinary time. Thank you.
The seafarers continue to bring in important medical supplies and other essential items to countries in desperate need of them, but are never regarded as citizens of the world or considered equally as important as their cargoes. They are constantly sent to danger zones and endure fear, danger and the uncertainties of being stuck on seas and in ports.
They are confined to their ships to “relax” even when they come to a safe zone as they are feared to have come from dangerous countries. Ships are one of the safest places at this time, due to the crew having to endure being stuck on board as they travel the distances of the oceans across our globe. They are not being able to go home to their families, who may also need them, due to restrictions of no or few crew changes at this time. They are “imprisoned” on their ships due to restrictions of not being able to go ashore.
The Mission to Seafarers is there for them. Help us to be recognised for our work in keeping the crews mentally and spiritually healthy. We have had to close our doors temporarily, just like every other hospitality business, but we are here to ensure their basic needs are met. Seafarers can’t get to the supermarket for shampoo, vitamins, and deodorant (and who doesn’t need that when we are confined to quarters!), so we are their shopping buddies. We supply them with phone cards to be able to phone home to connect and see how their families are going, we ensure that they have the little treats in life, like a book to read or a beanie for their next journey on the ocean.
When we all re-open our doors, you will be able to see how the Mission works, and has done since 1857. Our work for the welfare of seafarers is just as important today as it was when we first started, and by letting others know about the Mission to Seafarers you will have supported us in these difficult times.
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