More than 3,000 Christmas hampers and gift bags have been delivered to seafarers to ports across the Pilbara over the festive period.
Volunteers from Pilbara Ports Authority, the Dampier and Port Hedland Seafarer’s Centres, as well as port users and service providers, worked together to pack and distribute hampers and gift bags to seafarers from 20- 29 December 2017.
More than 1,000 hampers were delivered to 45 vessels across the ports of Dampier, Port Walcott and Cape Preston by the West Pilbara Port Welfare Committee, chaired by Pilbara Ports Authority.
Acting Committee Chair and Port of Dampier Harbour Master Vikas Bangia thanked volunteers who provided their generous time and effort to help bring Christmas cheer to the many seafarers away from their family and friends.
“It is important to recognise the significant contribution of seafarers to the global economy. Seafarers are unsung heroes who spend many months at sea away from their homes, to ensure the global seaborne trade continues to thrive,” he said.
At the Port of Port Hedland, a total of 1,999 Christmas gift bags were packed and distributed to seafarers on 87 vessels.
Port Hedland Seafarers’ Association Operations Manager Chris Towsey thanked the support of Pilbara Ports Authority, local businesses and the community.
“About 60 volunteers helped the Port Hedland Seafarers’ Association pack gift bags, with many people giving up their Christmas Eve and Christmas morning to distribute gifts to ships at anchor and in the port,” said Mr Towsey.
“The children from St Cecelia’s Primary School also made up a large number of wrapped Christmas boxes that were also distributed.”