Sailors’ Society’s Hong Kong fundraiser a glittering success

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1. Sandra Welch, Sailors' Society director of programme, with Michael Nagler, head of chartering for Noble Group low resMore than 175 people attended the fifth Sailors’ Society Hong Kong Shipping Dinner last Thursday.

The glittering evening, sponsored by Noble Group, the natural resources supply chain manager, raised a massive HK$230,000 (approximately £21,000) for the global maritime charity’s work.

Sailors’ Society transforms the lives of seafarers all around the world, providing chaplaincy support at ports and supporting them and their families at home.

In the Philippines, where Typhoon Haiyan devastated communities more than two years ago, the charity has rebuilt homes and classrooms ensuring seafarers’ families have shelter and access to education.

Money raised at the Hong Kong dinner will build another four houses on Lipayran, an island in the Philippines where families are still living in shacks with poor sanitation.

Sailors’ Society Director of Programme, Sandra Welch, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who came and generously bid in the silent auction and pledged money to help seafarers in the Philippines. Without support like this, and from all our wonderful sponsors, we would not be able to reach out to all the seafarers that we do. Their support means the world to them and on behalf of seafarers everywhere we want to thank everyone involved in making the evening such a success.”

Other sponsors for the evening were OOCL, Caravel Resources, Clarksons, Pacific Basin and Watson, Farley & Williams.

Pictured are Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society Director of Programme, with Michael Nagler, head of chartering for Noble Group.