Glad Tidings Newsletter 9 Part 5

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Glad Tidings Newsletter 9 Part 5

  1. 1. GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 PART E Featured in Part E: Jocelyn and Daphne • Geraldton MTS celebrates Daphne’s great achievements • Wallaroo celebrates Sea Sunday and opens new centre • AMSA’s most generous gesture to MTSGeraldton MTS celebrates Daphne’s great achievements • Portland’s good newsGeraldton’s chaplain Bill Ross was keen Daphne is Geraldton mission’s ‘living • Tragedy with anti-to let us know about his band of 20 treasure’ and has no intention of piracy razor wireloyal volunteers, and especially the slowing down- in fact the opposite. Billlongest serving one of all- the very and Jocelyn are moving heaven andspecial Daphne Dodd. Daphne who earth to progress the extensive buildingcelebrated her 80th birthday at the plans and renovations necessary tomission last year has volunteered there modernise the centre and raise thefor over 30 years. For most of that time very weighty sum of money required.she has served on the committee (10 Daphne will be alongside them everyyears as secretary and the past 11 as step of the way.treasurer).Wallaroo celebrates Sea Sunday & opens new centreUnder Brother Martyn’s care (a formerseafarer himself) our fledgelingWallaroo mission goes from strength tostrength. Last year it celebrated its first“Sea Sunday” in St Mary’s churchWallaroo, and prior to Christmas hostedthe visit of secretary general TomHeffer. Martyn with some dedicatedvolunteers have worked hard toconvert part of the church hall into a‘homey’ place for visiting seafarers.They have planned for next month abig ‘open house’ promotions day-hoping to spread the good newsthroughout Wallaroo and attract somemore supporters. Good luck Wallaroo. Brother Martyn with smiling seafarers
  2. 2. AMSA’s most generous gesture to MTS At the recent Australian Maritime MTS’ national coordinator attended Safety Authority Charity Ball- the celebration and was deeply celebrating AMSA’s twenty first grateful to receive from AMSA’s birthday, held in Canberra, an acting CEO Mick Kinley, the amount of $30,000 was raised to extremely generous donation. support our work around Australia. Portland’s good news The Portland MTS committee members were gratified to hear that their nomination of the Port of Col and Mick Kinley Portland for an award at last year’s Lloyds List DCN Maritime & Shipping Awards proved successful. The support of the Port which provides premises for our seafarers centre is critical to our running an effective service to visiting crews. Neville and Julie ship visiting in Portland Tragedy with anti-piracy razor wire Geelong’s chaplain Noah Park continues to develop his increasingly popular ‘Sea Church’ U Tube ministry enjoyed by many working the world’s oceans. However, Noah reports a very sad incident brought to his attention by a Captain who is a regular visitor to www.youtube.com/seachurch. “Last trip from Vizag India to Marsa Bashayer Sudan, before entering high risk piracy area in the Arabian Sea and Gulf of Eden, while rigging anti-piracy razor wire around main deck…one of our seamen slipped and fell overboard. After three day search…with the help of many other ships and aircraft we have not found our seaman. Now, we are on the way back, still in high risk piracy area and expect to pass the area Typical anti-piracy razor wire where we lost our friend and colleague and plan to say some prayers for him…could you please send us some service notes for this occasion. Kind regards, Slavko (Master)”. Noah was able to email the Master and crew the information requested that hopefully provided some comfort. This tragic accident is a sobering reminder of the ever present threats of piracy to innocent crews that abound in certain shipping routes around the world.Page 2 GLAD TIDINGS No. 9 part E 2012

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