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Day of the Seafarer: Heroes at Sea

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Dear Maritime Supporter:

The perils of working on the sea have been documented since man first sailed. Through the millennia, mariners continue to provide communities with the food, supplies and energy needed to survive and thrive. They have done this selflessly and nobly- and mostly invisibly.

Most recently, they have risked their health and mental well-being so that shipping can continue as the engine of global trade. COVID-19 has resulted in the majority of ships’ crews being required to stay on board vessels beyond their normal contracts, or unable to join their ships and, therefore, not able to provide for their families.

Last year, “Heroes at Sea” was created to raise awareness about the role of the mariner, and to pay tribute to seafarers around the world. Engaging in a walk, jog, cycle and/or swim, participants were able to more than double the goal of “circumnavigating” the globe in solidarity with the mariners—and raised nearly $50,000 which was distributed to seafarer welfare centers. There was also a Tribute Concert creating greater awareness.

The challenges for seafarers remain. This year, we continue to salute our Heroes at Sea with the iconic “Walk, Jog, Cycle and Swim”. The event will be from May 25th to June 25th in honor of the Day of the Seafarer. REGISTRATION is open, with all net fees and sponsorships going to both global and local mariner welfare programs. Additionally, there will be a bequest to the World Maritime University to support its work.

The month-long circumnavigation serves primarily as a tribute and reminder to our heroes at sea (seafarers) that their commitment and efforts are appreciated and not forgotten. During the month of June, participants and corporate supporters may post messages, photos and videos of thanks and encouragement (on the dedicated microsite and relevant social media platforms) to lift the spirits of seafarers around the world and let them know that they are valued.

Participation may be on an individual or family registration that is on-line. For corporate level participation and sponsorship, there are Diamond (US$10,000 and above), Gold (US$5,000), Silver (US$2,500) and Bronze (US$1,000) levels. A Gratitude plaque, medal and certificate will be presented to sponsoring companies and all participants will each receive an e-Certificate. Your organization’s logo will be displayed on our dedicated website with your corporate message. Alternatively, companies may make a one-time donation of any amount.

For sponsorship information, contact l.harris@namepa.net

Your gracious participation is most appreciated. Let’s make sure our mariners know how much we appreciate their daily toil and contribution to society’s well-being.

Yours truly,

Carleen Lyden Walker
Chairperson
Heroes at Sea – Day of the Seafarer

Capt Frederick James Francis
Co-chairman
Heroes at Sea – Day of the Seafarer

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