Keep 'em coming! say The Mission to Seafarers - Victoria. If you're looking for a weekend project, you can get knitting. Winter might be over for some, but out at sea, the seafarers need them to keep their heads warm, and as a side effect, their hearts, knowing how much you cared enough to knit them beanies. Crocheted ones are just as good, so keep em coming, and when you're ready to hand them over, contact them via the details on their Facebook page. Email, phone or DM them.
September 11 (in 1917) has a whole different meaning for the Seafarers. It's the time they opened the Mission to Seafarers building on Flinders street 104 years ago. They are one of the oldest charities in Melbourne, and are still actively caring for the seafarers that come to our shores. They are as relevant today and their welfare work is just as crucial as it was more than 100 years ago. Find out more about our seafarers on their website. If you'd like to support them further, you can shop for gifts on their website.
All seafarers and port workers are the unsung and unknown front line key workers for the movement of essential cargo to keep all countries' wealth and health stay afloat during this extraordinary time. They continue to bring in important medical supplies and other essential items to countries in desperate need of them, but are never regarded as citizens of the world or considered equally as important as their cargoes.
They are constantly sent to danger zones and endure fear, danger and uncertainties of being stuck on seas and ports. They are 'imprisoned' on their ships due to restrictions of not being able to go ashore. The Mission's work is to care for all crews at this time, as they have done since 1857 in the Port of Melbourne and from Flinders street since 1917.