Tuesday, 13 January 2015

On-board with some Christmas Cheer for the sailors

A little Christmas Cheer was given to the crew of a large container ship
that was in Napier Port for Christmas. A collaboration between Ahuriri
Sunrise Rotary Club, Mission to Seafarers and the Taradale Anglican
Church; each year boxes of home cooking, chocolates and other delights are
delivered to ships in port for Christmas Day.

This year the JPO Libra, a 266 meter container ship carrying a crew of 25,
visited Napier on Christmas Eve on its way from Lyttleton to Tauranga then
bound for Japan.

"A lot of these crews don't get to celebrate Christmas, and of course are
miles away from their families." says Richard Spence, Chaplin for Mission
to Seafarers.

The crew of mostly Filipinos, were delighted with the boxes of cheer, and
some excited faces eager to experience new candy, with bewildered looks at
the bags of licorice allsorts.

The Taradale Anglican Parish had also knitted enough beanies for each crew

David Trim, president of Ahuriri Sunrise Rotary Club, Napier
Dobrochna Kaminska, Ship's Second officer
Richard Spence, Chaplin for Mission to Seafarers
on board the JPO LIbra at Napier Port.