Support Seafarers: Resources
There are many ways you can use your skills to show seafarers who so often feel isolated that there are people in Sydney who care about their latest needs and issues.
Please contact our team if you may be able to help through:
- volunteering at our Centre or visiting seafarers in hospitals
- connecting us with the corporate giving program at your workplace
- running International Day of the Seafarer events in your community
- introducing Sea Sunday celebrations to your Church
- arranging for your creative group to make beanies or arty gifts for seafarers.
Here are some online resources to help you decide the best way to get involved right now:
Create a beanie, scarf or arty gift such as a handmade card or bookmark that we can include in our gift packs or as a free ‘Welcome’ gift at our Centre. Beanies are especially popular. Seafarers can lose up to 60% of their body heat through their head on an icy cold night at sea, so your knitted items can make a real difference to their comfort and health.
Mail or drop your kind gifts into our Centre and if your timing is right, stay and play a game of pool or table soccer with a visiting seafarer!
For beanie pattern ideas see the below link:
25 June of each year is the United Nations International Day of the Seafarer.
Established In 2011, the celebration invites people and organisations from around the world to voice their support and say thanks for the invaluable contribution seafarers make to international trade and the world economy, often at great personal cost to themselves and their families. It is the ideal day for a community fundraiser such as a car boot sale.
Find out more at the International Marine Organization (IMO):
Sea Sunday, the second Sunday in July, is the day which many Christian Churches set aside to remember and pray for seafarers and their families. They give thanks for their lives and work including practical thanks through running fundraisers such as a morning tea.
Please share your event online and use #SeaSunday to let seafarers know that you support them.
For resources to help your events contact our office or see the below link:
Does your company have a pre-tax Giving Scheme – please ask them to include us!
Contact our CEO Clayton Strong for assistance.
See our Corporate Partnership page for more information.
Whatever ways you choose to support us, staying informed with the world of the seafarers is the best way to understand how that your contribution is greatly needed and appreciated. Join our mailing list in the footer for our Sydney news and events plus you can also take a more global view through these resources:
Be a FAN
For news about Seafarers around the world, drop into our Sydney Centre for the Mission to Seafarers printed international ‘FAN’ magazine the Flying Angel News or download your copy:
Who is coming to town?
Ship Visits to Sydney can be found at:
What is happening globally?
Find out the latest marine traffic at:
Seafarers Vital Issues:
Abandonment, food, piracy – find out more about the issues that matter to seafarers.
Contact Rev Tay or Nadja at our Sydney Centre if you have any questions or would like to discuss potential creative gifts or the latest volunteering opportunities.