Thursday, November 26, 2015

A Chance for Shipping, Forwarding and Logistics Workers to Attend a Special Event

Annual Charity Christmas Carol Service Selling Out Fast
Shipping News Feature
UK – Tickets are selling fast for one of the events which make the run up to Christmas for the City of London’s shipping and forwarding community particularly special. On Wednesday 9 December from 6pm the annual Mission to Seafarers’ Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Christmas event will take place at St Michael Paternoster Royal EC4, the historic home of the world’s leading global maritime welfare charity. Once again the great and the good of London’s logistics community will hear the Lloyd’s Choir provide the musical arrangements.

Following on from previous years the event will be followed by a stylish reception next door at Skinners’ Hall, with traditional mince pies and mulled wine being served until 9pm. The Mission is delighted to have the support of so many friends and colleagues from the shipping industry around the world, including Mr Anthony J L Nightingale, Non-Executive Director of Jardine Matheson Holdings, who has been speaking about his work as Chairman of The Mission to Seafarers in Hong Kong. Mr Nightingale commented:

“I am delighted to attend the Mission’s carol service in London this year, representing the ‘Sailors’ Home and Missions to Seamen’ in Hong Kong. Two years ago we celebrated 150 years of the establishment of the Mission in Hong Kong. Over that time there have been huge changes to the shipping industry and big changes to Hong Kong. But one thing has not changed, the importance of the services provided by the Mission and the chaplains to the seafarers who visit our port.

“The Mission is the only welfare organisation dedicated to seafarers in Hong Kong, one of the world’s busiest ports, through our club facilities in Tsimshatsui and Kwaichung, through regular ship visits and through a myriad of other services such as helping out with immigration problems and visiting the sick in hospital. Last year the chaplains made 135 visits to sick seafarers, a most valuable help in time of need.

“A particularly important activity is the ship visits, numbering some 4048 last year. Our chaplains go on board the vessels moored alongside in the Kwaichung terminals and out to the many ships at anchor in the harbour. The chaplains from the Mission may be the only non-official visitors seen by the crew members while they roam the seas for months on end.”

Mr Nightingale emphasised, as told to him by one sailor, that the Mission was the link between the ships crews and the outside world. He leads an impressive cast of nine speakers and tickets are available from Ravina Patel, Events Assistant on 020 7246 2915 or through this link.

To find out more about this prestigious event simply click here.