Worldwide maritime charity, Sailors’ Society are inviting companies attending China Maritime Week to join them as they host a spectacular fundraising dinner next month in Hong Kong.
Sailors’ Society, which exists to enrich the lives of the world’s 1.2 million seafarers through its network of Port Chaplains, is improving its presence in Asia as many of the maritime industry’s key organisations are based in Hong Kong and Singapore.
Sailors’ Society Director of Fundraising Jan Webber said: “Seafarers spend many months away from home, isolated from their families. Whilst the ships they are working on can be travelling anywhere in the world, many of the shipping companies are based in Asia, so it’s important Sailors’ Society also has a presence there.”
Sailors’ Society Port Chaplain Jasper Del Rosario, based in Bataan, explained the impact the charity can have on seafarer’s lives.
“Typhoon ‘Basyang’, just over a year ago, caused devastation in the Mariveles and tragically many seafarers lost their lives. The coastguard and other authorities gave us permission to visit the crews who survived the chaos. We offered help with the victims’ immediate needs, distributing clothes and food as these were their most pressing requirements. Simple gestures, but they made all the difference to the seafarers.”
The services Port Chaplains provide would not be possible without the support of fundraising events such as the Hong Kong Shipping dinner where all funds raised will support merchant seafarers worldwide.
Guests will be welcome to wear lounge suits or black tie attire, in keeping with the Asian / European traditions for formal occasions and representing the cultural backgrounds of guests, as well as the charity’s work.
Jan Webber explained: “We are excited to be hosting this dinner and want our guests to feel at ease during the evening. In the UK it is fitting to wear more formal attire for such occasions but in Asia the traditions are different. We respect and embrace that and look forward to welcoming maritime industry guests from around the world.”
The Hong Kong dinner takes place on 29th February 2012 where supporters will enjoy a sumptuous meal in the elegant surroundings of the Shangri-La Hotel ballroom. Thanks to Pacific Basin Shipping and the Noble Group, keen supporters of the charity’s worldwide work. Popular sports presenter Dougie Donnelly will entertain guests with anecdotes from his experiences of working with some of the biggest names in world golf: Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Padraig Harrington and his long time friends Colin Montgomerie, Lee Westwood and Sam Torrance, to name just a few.