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Sailors' Society: Take the 'Loch Ness' Challenge

A maritime welfare charity is calling on people from the shipping industry to get involved with its new Loch Ness challenge event on September 6-10 , 2018.Sailors’ Society, which supports seafarers and their families around the world, is looking for people to canoe almost 60 miles of the Great Glen and raise funds for its work.The charity, which celebrated its 200th anniversary in March, transforms the lives of seafarers and their families at home, in port and at sea through initiatives such as its Wellness at Sea coaching programme and Crisis Response Network.Its chaplains and ship visitors

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Sailors’ Society Launches Wellness at Sea E-Learning

International maritime welfare charity, Sailors’ Society, has launched an online version of its widely respected Wellness at Sea coaching program.The e-learning platform opens up the globally renowned course, which until now was only available in a classroom setting, to thousands more seafarers for just $3 per user.Sandra Welch, deputy CEO of Sailors’ Society, said, “Seafarers are the lifeblood of world trade and our latest Wellness at Sea conference highlighted yet again how important it is that the human element be valued, supported and invested in if it is to be an effective force

Lloyd’s Register, sponsors of Sailors’ Society’s Woolly Hat Week, will be donning their woolly hats and holding a #HatHero collection to raise funds for seafarers and their families. (Photo: Sailor's Society)

Sailors’ Society Woolly Hat Week to Aid Seafarers

Press release - Sailors’ Society is encouraging supporters to be a #HatHero this Woolly Hat Week to raise awareness of the challenges seafarers face daily and to help seafarers in need. Sponsored by Lloyd’s Register, this Woolly Hat Week will be held February 14-21. You can lend your support by wearing a woolly hat to work, donating to Sailors’ Society and tweeting a selfie to #HatHero @SailorsSociety. “Seafarers can be away from home for up to a year at a time braving freezing temperatures and dangerous seas to deliver 90 per cent of our goods. So, in our eyes, seafarers

Kristina Kamatoy, MICHA Scholarship Beneficiary 2018 (Photo: Sailors' Society)

Sailors’ Society Select Kamatoy for MIHCA Scholarship

Aspiring chef, Kristina Kamatoy, 18, has been selected as the second beneficiary of a maritime education scholarship co-funded by Sailors’ Society and Garrets International, and given by Homer Foundation.   Kamatoy, from Quezon in The Philippines, received the scholarship to train at the Magsaysay Center for Hospitality and Culinary Arts (MIHCA) in Manila. The Sailors’ Society – Homer Foundation Scholarship enables Filipino students from underprivileged backgrounds to pursue culinary careers in the shipping industry.   Kristina said: “This scholarship will serve

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Sailors’ Society Funds Eye, Ear Testing Equipment

Sailors’ Society, one of the largest seafarer support charities operating internationally, is funding free sight and hearing tests for seafarers in India.   Seafarers often struggle to leave the port and so cannot easily access healthcare or other facilities. The new testing equipment at the Seafarers’ Home Kandla brings healthcare to the seafarer. Regular examination can identify issues before they have the chance to develop and have a serious impact on seafarers’ health.   Sandra Welch, Sailors’ Society’s director of programme, said: “The welfare of

To date more than 1,000 seafarers have benefited from Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea coaching program, equipping them to better cope with the stresses of life at sea (Photo: Sailors' Society)

UK P&I Club Investing in Seafarer Welfare

The UK P&I Club has confirmed its commitment to making a positive impact on seafarer welfare by extending its support of Sailors’ Society’s Emotional Wellness module. One of five sections in the global maritime charity’s Wellness at Sea coaching program, the Emotional Wellness training aims to improve emotional well-being through early identification of mental health issues and to enable seafarers to handle challenging situations at sea.   Well-being of crew is a priority for UK P&I Club, who recently revealed that a career seafaring is the second most at risk of

Sailors’ Society’s regional development manager Gavin Lim presenting the scholarships. (Photo: Sailors’ Society)

Sailors’ Society Scholarships Awarded

The scholarships aim to nurture young talents in the shipping industry.   Sailors’ Society awarded its MaritimeONE Scholarships at a ceremony held at the Conrad Centennial Singapore Hotel on August 13.   Amalina Aidal for the Diploma of Nautical Studies; and Yvonne Teo for the Diploma in Marine Engineering, were presented with scholarships by Sailors’ Society’s regional development manager Gavin Lim.   The S$10,000 three-year scholarships will cover the cost of Amalina and Yvonne’s diplomas and Sailors’ Society will award up to four scholarships

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Fundraiser Event to Benefit Greek Maritime Scholarships

Sailors’ Society said it will hold its first ever fundraising event in Greece on Thursday, October 15, in Athenaeum InterContinental Athens’ ballroom for a night that will see the industry come together in support of the Society’s Greek maritime scholarship program for aspiring seafarers.   The evening’s festivities will begin with a drinks reception in the ballroom foyer at 19.00, followed by dinner and live music. There will also be live and silent auctions to help raise additional funds for the maritime scholarships program.   Sailors’ Society offers

Dan Thompson and Stuart Rivers  (Photo: Sailors' Society)

A Quarter of Seafarers Show Signs of Depression -Report

More than a quarter of seafarers show signs of depression - and many won’t ask for help, according to a study of seafarers’ mental health presented at Sailors’ Society’s Wellness at Sea conference on March 16, London.   The study of more than 1,000 seafarers was carried out by international maritime charity Sailors’ Society and Yale University, with more than one in six of the respondents coming from the UK.   Some 26 per cent of seafarers said they had felt “down, depressed or hopeless” on several days over the previous two weeks.   The

Greg Vines, ILO Deputy Director-General for Management & Reform (© Joy Corthésy / ISWAN)

International Seafarers’ Welfare Awards Presented

Officer and ISWAN Trustee Karin Orsel, announced the first award of the night. The ISWAN Posthumous Award for Outstanding Services to Seafarers’ Welfare was awarded to Joseph Chacko and Leena Joseph, who tragically passed away in February. Pastor Joseph Chacko was the Regional Superintendent at Sailors’ Society and a trailblazer in seafarers’ welfare, and Leena was a constant supporter of his work. Their daughter, Neha Joseph, accepted the award, which paid tribute to the exceptional difference that Joseph and Leena made to the lives of seafarers.The Flying Angel Club Fremantle was

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