Seafarers benefit from run
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After many months and often years at sea, away from their families, a stopover at one of the Mission to Seafarers centers along the coast of Australia provides seafarers with respite.
The Gladstone Mission to Seafarers looks after seafarers in a holistic way.
“After picking seafarers up from ships we bring them to the centre and begin caring for them,” Gladstone Mission to Seafarers Chaplain Honorio Hincapie said.
“We look after them physically, psychologically and spiritually.”
As a not-for-profit organization, run purely by volunteers, it can be difficult sometimes to offer the best care and facilities.
“We do not have many sources of income at the Mission to Seafarers. This is why we decided to nominate to become this year’s Botanic to Bridge beneficiary,” Hincapie said.
“When we heard we were successful and would be the 2012 Botanic to Bridge beneficiary we were very pleased.
“The funding from this event will help us better service the seafarers that use our facilities.”
The Mission to Seafarers plan to use the money they receive from the Botanic to Bridge to upgrade their computer and internet facilities.
“When seafarers arrive at the centre the first thing they do is log onto a computer and connect with their families via email, Facebook and Skype. It may have been months since they last spoke,” he said.
“Our current computers and internet connection are well and truly out of date and in need of an update to better aid the reconnection of the seafarers to their families.
“Through people’s participation in the Botanic to Bridge you will be helping us reconnect these families.”
Every registration from the Botanic to Bridge go back into the community to its beneficiaries the Mission to Seafarers and Special Olympics Gladstone Region and the regions schools.
To register visit www.botanictobridge.com.au.