Monday, February 11, 2013

Get On Your Bike and Join the Shipping Industry on a Mission

Have a Great Day out on the Flying Angel Ride Along
Shipping News Feature

UK – On Sunday 28 April 2013 The Mission to Seafarers’ annual Flying Angel Ride returns, with a choice of either a 35 mile or 75 mile bike ride through the stunning setting of Brockenhurst, Hampshire, you don’t have to work in shipping or logistics to aid this great cause. Venturing through the villages of Beaulieu and Lyndhurst (35 miles), with the longer distance group continuing through Fordingbridge and Hyde (75 miles), the Mission aims to raise funds to continue their essential work as the world's largest provider of port-side welfare services for seafarers.

The shipping industry is already showing its support and includes teams from the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), Lloyd’s Register, Maersk and Seafarers UK. Director of Development at The Mission to Seafarers Nicky Wynne signed up for the event at the Flying Angel Ride launch held at the IMO in October and will be supported by Mission staff in her preparation.

Wynne said: “I haven’t ridden a bike in years so that is a challenge in itself, but this is such a great event set in a beautiful part of the UK and will help to raise necessary funds to ensure we can continue to support seafarers globally.”

There will be water and snack stops where you can pause to re-fuel, and a hog roast to feast on at the finish line (vegetarian option available on request).

If you sign up, you will receive a fundraising pack and training schedule to help you get started, and The Mission will be there to offer tips and support along the way. To sign up, click HERE. It only costs £25 to join. The Mission to Seafarers is asking participants to raise a minimum of £150 in sponsorship, and all of the money raised will go directly towards helping The Mission to carry on providing welfare services for the world’s 1.3 million seafarers.

More good news as the UK Chamber of Shipping held its prestigious annual dinner for the industry last week, and nominated The Mission to Seafarers as their chosen charity for the event. Helen Deeble, President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, reminded the shipping industry of their collective responsibility to the maritime family, saying:

“We often talk with pride about how, as an industry, we move 90% of the UK’s international trade. We must remember at all times that it is our seafarers who do much of the hard graft. We rely on our seafarers, and our seafarers rely on the Mission. With the ever-present worry of the economic backdrop causing concern for everyone, it is the Mission that provides practical advice and assistance to those worried about their future. The understandable impact [of isolation and loneliness] on a hidden workforce is alleviated daily with thousands of seafarers speaking to the Mission’s ship visitors and port chaplains.”

Martin Sandford, Acting Secretary General of The Mission, commented that the Mission is delighted to be the chosen charity this year for the UK Chamber of Shipping, and have been overwhelmed by the generous donations from members and guests, which totalled almost £6,000.

The Mission was founded in 1856, and entirely funded by voluntary donations and today offers emergency assistance, practical support, and a friendly welcome to crews visiting 250 ports around the world no matter their faith, nationality or rank. Whether caring for victims of piracy or providing a lifeline to those stranded in foreign ports, mission representatives continue to be there for the globe’s 1.3 million merchant seafarers. If you wish to support The Mission, you can donate HERE.