Members and delegates at the FONASBA conference in Lima purchased Peruvian woolly hats in support of The Mission to Seafarers' Woolly Hat Day (can you spot our own John Foord in the photo below?). One special hat was auctioned at the end of the conference raising $250 and in total they raised an amazing $1,150.
Piracy, shipwreck, abandonment and separation from loved ones are just a few of the problems merchant seafarers face. Around the world, The Mission to Seafarers provides help and support to the 1.3 million men and women who face danger every day to keep our global economy afloat.
They work in over 260 ports caring for seafarers of all ranks, nationalities and beliefs. Through their global network of chaplains, staff and volunteers they offer practical, emotional and spiritual support to seafarers through ship visits, drop-in centres and a range of welfare and emergency support services.
In over 100 ports their Flying Angel centres provide a ‘home away from home’ for seafarers who may have been at sea for up to two years. Here they can enjoy time away from their ship and use internet and phone facilities to get in touch with loved ones after months away.
In an emergency, the MtS is often the only help on offer. No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, be it injury, abandonment, non-payment of wages or personal difficulties, they know they can turn to the local Mission for help, advice and support. MtS chaplains and volunteers offer practical and financial support, advocacy services, family liaison or simply a space to talk in a time of crisis.
The Mission to Seafarers was founded in 1856 and is entirely funded by voluntary donations.