New Chair Inspired by Seafarers Lockdown Strength

“I cannot think of a person in the whole country who is better placed to lead this fine organisation” said retiring Chair Peter Janssen OAM as he handed over to Robert Dunn during our 2023 AGM.

So why did our new chair say yes to this volunteer role? See this short video (link from image) and read on to learn more.

Interview with Rev Un Tay: “Joyful service with compassion”

To say that the Rev Un Hui Tay is brimming over with the joy of the Lord would be a huge understatement. He always has a story or three, laughs almost more than he talks and looks a decade younger than his 59 years. All God’s doing, he assures me.

Pastor Tay bring this exuberant faith, and 40 years as a church planter, to his work as Principal Chaplain at Mission to Seafarers Sydney. He is excited about what the Mission can offer the mainly Asian crew of international freight vessels who have to live away from their loved ones in order to provide for them.

Port Authority and NSW Ports Donation for MTS’ Vaccination Program Work

The winners of DCN’s Seafarers Welfare Award 2021 have donated their $2900 prize money to Mission to Seafarer’s Sydney. The winners had been recognised for their work developing a state-wide, co-ordinated approach to vaccinating international seafarers across NSW  ports, a model that was soon replicated in other states. The award recipients, who were from the Port Authority of New South Wales and NSW Ports, requested the prize money “be passed along to the charity they felt deserved the praise for the initiative”. Mission to Seafarers Sydney has been integral in the delivery of the program, vaccinating over 2000 seafarers in our bus which had been converted into a mobile vaccination station.  See DCN 19th September for details.

NSW Ports on a mission to support Seafarers

NSW Ports has donated $15,000 to Mission to Seafarers Sydney to support counselling, transport and services to mariners who help deliver essential goods to NSW each year.

NSW Ports Communications Manager Brooke Eggleton said the business was proud to continue its support for seafarers who perform an integral role in the supply chain on which we all rely. “NSW Ports is proud to support Sydney Mission to Seafarers and seafarers,” she said.

Diving into soul support of workers at sea

Stop for just a moment and think about what it would take to stop our world. One way would be if all the people who work at sea went on strike. Global supply chains are heavily reliant upon seafarers. National economies and the arrival of your latest international parcel require water ways to work.

Reverend Un Tay, Principal Chaplain with Mission to Seafarers in Sydney, recently told Ben McEachen on radio Hope Mornings what it takes to support those who work at sea and how community support makes such a significant difference to seafarers wellbeing.

Giving Hope to Seafarers in Dark Times

At our Mission in Sydney, we recently welcomed a distressed seafarer who couldn’t bear to go back on board his vessel. He was feeling frustrated and helpless. His wife had suffered a miscarriage and then their pet dog died and he couldn’t be there for them. He sought our help. We explained the situation to Border Force and contacted the ship agent who was able to arrange a flight home so that he could be safely reunited with his wife and family.

SBU Celebrates 200 years of caring for Seafarers

Congratulations from Mission to Seafarers President HRH Princess Anne was one of the highlights when about 140 people gathered at the National Maritime Museum to celebrate the Bicentenary of the Sydney Bethel Union (SBU). 

First Ever Christmas Appeal Online Raffle

Christmas can be a lonely time at sea. Buy a raffle ticket in the Mission to Seafarers Christmas Appeal to show seafarers they are not alone in our first ever online raffle. The raffle prize is 90 minutes patrolling Sydney Harbour on the famous Shirley Smith Operational Fire Fighting Tug Boat with her crew. The prize is for up to 4 adults or children aged over 8, to be used on a Saturday before March 31.