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Lifting the spirits of seafarers


Thousands of people working on the seas have received care packages as COVID continues to wreak havoc on the seafaring industry.

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Stella Maris Australia provided funding to port chaplaincies across the country just before Christmas, resulting in the packages being delivered in January and February.

The International Christian Maritime Association also contributed funding to support the provision of key supplies such as toiletries, snacks, clothing and stationery.

Bookmarks made by students at an Adelaide Catholic school were part of the care packages distributed to hundreds of seafarers.

“Something individualised, like those bookmarks, or something like board games, as were donated at another port, have the potential to lift the spirits of the men and women working on the ships,” said Roslyn Rajasingam, national director of Stella Maris Australia.

The Southern Cross reported last July that students from Our Lady of the Visitation School at Taperoo were making bookmarks for packs being put together by the local Stella Maris centre.

Centre manager Ian Keane said the group had received $5000 in donations and grants for the welcome pack project to continue. This included $3000 from head office, $1000 from Flinders Ports and another $1000 from local volunteers. In the second stage of the project 268 packs were delivered to 12 ships.


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