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Glad Tidings Newsletter 7 [Part 3]


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News from Townsville, Dampier, Brisbane, Fremantle, Portland, Esperance, Newcastle and Port Hedland.

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Glad Tidings Newsletter 7 [Part 3]

  1. 1. Glad Tidings 20/12/2010 - Online Supplement – Part Three CELEBRATES TOWNSVILLE CELEBRATES SEA SUNDAY IN GREAT STYLE Townsville Mission to Queensland Bill Ray, a presented “History of Seafarers has had a big staunch supporter of the Mission- 1927 to year being part of the MtS’ work at the port of 2010” and blessed the diocese’s 100 years Townsville officiated at mission’s new people celebrations and the Sea Sunday mover partly funded by organising the annual Eucharist. Following the the ITF Seafarers Trust Sea Sunday service in service Bill launched an Fund. St James’ Cathedral. impressively The Bishop of North researched and ANOTHER DAMPIER HAS ANOTHER BUSY YEARIan and Sue McGilvray northern hemisphere world’s seafarers tohave been flat out and Ian does a terrific visit, enjoy and contactrunning the very job attempting to visit their loved ones.popular MtS centre in as many of them as .Dampier in the last 12 possible. The MtSmonths. Those huge centre provides airon ore ships just keep wonderful oasis for theon arriving from the
  2. 2. AWARDS FOR BRISBANE’S ADRIAN WILLES & MTS FREMANTLE Adrian Willes, our last 12 months. Once again the centre manager at MtS Fremantle Flying Angel Brisbane, was Adrian was thrilled to be club was amongst the nominated for an award awarded “a highly award recipients in the at this year’s Lloyds List commended” certificate Seafarers Welfare DCN annual dinner held on the night. Award sponsored by in Sydney. He was He was particularly the Australian Maritime nominated in the chuffed as he was the Safety Authority. category of the “New only nominee in that Dennis Claughton gave Generation Award” – an category who was a rousing “thank you” award for a person engaged directly in speech to the packed under the age of 36 humanitarian work; and room. Our good friends working in any sector of saw the recognition of at Australian Mariners the Australian Maritime his work a recognition Welfare Society were or Trade industry of the unsung work that also deservedly deemed to have made the world’s seafarers nominated for an award a special contribution to carry out on a daily in this category. their industry during the basis.PORTLAND MOVING TO INDEPENDENCEPortland mission’s their work as a newchairman Capt Peter supported by the independent entity- the Australian Council..Gracias and committee Flying Angel Portland -have taken the decision next year. The ministryto discontinue their will still operate from theministry as a “house mission’s currentcommittee” of the MTS building within the PortVictoria and to carry out of Portland and be
  3. 3. LATEST NEWS FROM BEAUTIFUL ESPERANCEFred Lockiwtz tells us met with Fr Frank and Fred Lockowitzthat Esperance centre the volunteers (and Esperance’s managerhas had a rewarding seafarers) in Esperance has a rich seafaringyou with many seafarers and had an enjoyable background and is avisiting the centre and night making a great friend to seafarerstaking full advantage of presentation on the visiting the quite isolatedall the facilities. Earlier work of our centres port of Esperance. Keepin the year Col Brown around Australia. up the fine work Fred and Frank. . IT’S RAINING BEANIES IN BRISBANECapt. Dave Ellis Queensland.” reduce total body heatchairman of MtS loss by up to 50% in sub Dave added, “in recent zero temperatures andBrisbane has sent us years we have provided, serve a very real andthis photo of himself and via parishes such as practical purpose in aFr Ken Spreadborough Ken’s over 6,000 seafarer’s working lifefrom the parish of beanies to thankful onboard ship.”Coolangatta- Palm seafarers…many Dave, who spent manyBeach on the Gold seafarers come from years on the world’sCoast. Dave (on right in poorer Asian and Pacific oceans should was stunned countries and have Great work Ken andwhen Ken, last month, minimal cold weather safe driving (andarrived at the mission clothing. Beanies can knitting!).door with bagscontaining over 600beanies knitted by Ken’sparishioners and friendsIn Dave’s words, “Thiswas a four hour roundtrip for Ken and his wifeBetty. What a wonderfulgift for our seafarers. Itis fantastic to have theMission to Seafarers inBrisbane be supportedby parishes across thevast state of
  4. 4. NEWCASTLE SHIP AND FLEET BLESSING IN NEWCASTLE Newcastle’s chaplains Garry Dodd and Stefan Sapun recently happily accepted an invitation from the captain and crew of the “Maizuru Benten” to bless the ship and crew visiting Newcastle port. Garry and Stefan also officiated at a moving blessing of the fleet in Newcastle Harbour on December 12. Garry was delighted to receive some 140 Christmas puddings baked by his friends in the Cooks Hill Womens Guild the other day. He and Stefan cannot wait to head towards the coal terminals to give these delicious gifts to the visiting crews in the coming week.CENTRAL OFFICE EMBRACES ALL THINGS AUSSIE - GOTESSA!TESSA!Some of our readers will back to London for delicate state of thehave had contact with Tessa. She has sent us battle for the Ashes notthe very popular Tessa some rather humorous too much should be saidPerfect who is Executive photos of Ken’s gifts, about cricket here -Assistant to Secretary one of which Tessa is suffice to mention thatGeneral Tom Heffer, stylishly sporting in the Ken Peters confessedand Director of Justice & photo above. he was barracking forWelfare Ken Peters. The Australian Council the Aussies and there isTessa contributes an would like to thank all no doubt whatsoeverenormous amount to the those in central office for which team Tessa islife of the mission at their marvellous support supporting. But Tom’scentral office. So it and friendship over the well being is our realseemed fitting that Ken last 12 months and wish concern, and seemsPeters when in Australia you all a wonderful destined for profoundlast March, bought a Christmas. disappointment in thepresent or two to take Given the current New Year!
  5. 5. THE BEST NEWS OF ALL - COMES FROM PORT HEDLAND!The Port Hedland for the seafarers visiting Celebrating the birth ofSeafarers centre’s Hedland. a child and its firsthardworking managers Thank you Shelley for Christmas seems theAndrew and Shelley the fantastic photo of perfect way to concludeGillie were overjoyed Emma and Samuel this newsletter.mid year when Shelley (there is no prize forgave birth to beautiful guessing that Emma istwin babies. Shelley in the pink). After a few A joyous and blessedalthough on maternity early hiccups the twins Christmas to all.leave is still are thriving and are“volunteering” at the soon to experience theircentre and this week first Christmas with Col Brownhas filled and wrapped mum and dad.400 Christmas presents