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Sailors’ Society’s Hong Kong fundraiser a glittering success

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Sandra Welch, Sailors' Society director of programme, with Michael Nagler, head of chartering for Noble Group

Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society director of programme, with Michael Nagler, head of chartering for Noble Group

GB£21, 000 raised at the charity’s fifth Hong Kong Shipping Dinner

More than 175 people attended the fifth Sailors’ Society Hong Kong Shipping Dinner last week (Thursday March 3).

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.

About Sailors’ Society

Sailors’ Society aims to transform the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through the delivery of chaplaincy, education and the relief of poverty and distress. The charity works internationally to provide practical, emotional and spiritual welfare support to the world’s 1.5m seafarers, regardless of background or faith. Sailors’ Society chaplains and ship visitors have a presence in 69 global ports, with wider projects and services covering 26 countries. For more information please visit www.sailors-society.org, or contact Vicky Macleod on 023 8051 5950 or vmacleod@sailors-society.org

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