Friday, June 26, 2015

Port Celebrates International Seafarers Day with $5,000 contribution

Visiting mariners take part in
International Day of the Seafarer
events in Prince Rupert
(Photo from the PRPA)
Yesterday was the day set aside to salute and celebrate those that travel onboard the giant ships that transit the worlds oceans, a number of which make their way into port in Prince Rupert.

As part of the observance of the Fourth Annual International Day of the Seafarer, the Prince Rupert Port Authority provided a donation of five thousand dollars to the Prince Rupert Seafarer's Centre, destined to help support the work of the local volunteers and the services that they provide to visiting crew members of ships in port.

“We’re proud to be one of many organizations around the world who specifically support international mariners while they’re in port and taking a break from their duties at sea ... In order to provide a ‘home away from home’ to these crew members, we rely on the generosity of our volunteer base and local organizations like the Prince Rupert Port Authority who support our operations every year.” -- Norm Craddock, Chairman of the Prince Rupert Seafarers' Centre.

The International Maritime Organization provided a short video to commemorate the day, providing an interesting approach to what life at sea may look like and the opportunity that a career on the oceans may provide for.

You can learn more about Thursday's donation from the Port, as well as additional background on the work of the local Centre's operations from Thursday's news release from the Port Authority

The local Seafarer's Mission is located on Third Avenue West across from the CityWest offices, at the moment there are 15 volunteers who offer up their time to the Centre.

The storefront location is always on the look out for more volunteers to lend a hand, if you have some time to share, drop in and see what they may be looking for, or contact them at 250-624-6724, between the hours of 4 to 9 PM Centre officials can be reached at 250-624-8247

More items related to other Prince Rupert Port Authority community donations can be found here.

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