Sailors’ Society dinner raises over HK$1m for seafarers in need


????????????????????????????????????????The Hong Kong shipping community turned out in force and dug deep to support the second Sailors’ Society gala fundraising dinner at the Island Shangri-La Hotel ballroom last week, held in aid of merchant seafarers suffering hardship around the world.

An exciting ‘e-pledge’ contest on the night raised HK$250,000 (US$32,000), enough to sustain the charity’s ship-visiting chaplain in Manila with his work with seafarers and families in the metropolitan area for an entire year.

In addition, sponsorship and general fundraising through auctions on the evening topped HK$1 million (US$129,000) to help fund similar Sailors’ Society welfare projects round the globe.

“Once again, we were overwhelmed on the night by the incredible response from the Hong Kong shipping community who donated some serious money, despite the downturn in the maritime sector. Their generosity boosts our operating funds and means we can continue our vital work to support seafarers in need around the world,” said Robert Adams, outgoing CEO of the Sailors’ Society.

“Events like this can only be put on through the significant amount of encouragement and prime sponsorship that we receive in Hong Kong from Pacific Basin and the Noble Group. We are also very grateful to Clarkson Asia and Gulf Oil Marine for the additional financial support, which assisted us in hosting this event. Their long-term support is crucial to sustaining our welfare output. And continuation of these crucial alliances and the industry’s recognition of seafarers’ need for our welfare work is fundamental to being able to sustain our free provision of services.”

Gulf Oil Marine also used the gala occasion to launch the formation of its long-term relationship with the charity in order to create a support channel to better assist the seafarer at a critical time. As a start, it is funding sets of ‘emergency care packs’ for seafarers hospitalised at short-notice while on overseas contract.