Sharing Christmas with seafarers

2016-12-21 06:01

CHRISTMAS is a time of celebration when families, loved ones and friends get together. However for so many in our society this is not possible.

Amongst those who are often forgotten are the seafarers who are the crews of the many vessels visiting the Port of Durban.

They are separated from their families and loved ones thousands of miles away in distant countries. What is ironic is that these seafarers are often on vessels bearing cargo which comprises items for sale as festive season gifts.

Fortunately a group of people are involved each year in the Share your Christmas with a Seafarer Project. Members of the various Seafarers’ Missions and chaplains who regularly visit crews on ships in port all join forces and collect and make items which are wrapped and distributed to seafarers on ships in port over Christmas.

This project has been running for about 30 years and although it entails a lot of hard work, seafarers who cannot be home during this festive period appreciate the gesture. In addition, schools are also contacted and the teachers arrange for pupils to write short notes which are included in each parcel. Seafarers appreciate these messages written by children as they bring a personal touch to the gifts received.

Mittens and beanies are always sought after and enthusiastic knitters, often from various residential homes and ladies’ groups at churches, are busy throughout the year.

From donations received, other items are also bought.

This year packing and wrapping of the gifts took place at the Seafarers’ Centre in Bayhead and an enthusiastic group of helpers packed some 2 000 parcels.

A group of helpers will board a pilot boat from Transnet National Ports Authority to distribute the gifts to vessels in the port on 22 December and at outer anchorage on 23 December. - Supplied.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.
NEXT ON NEWS24X

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.