Newsletter Issue 35, 23 February 2016

Newsletter Issue 35, 23 February 2016
Read our Winter Newsletter for an update on the RAK Half Marathon, the 2016 Marine Oil Ball at the Novotel Fujairah, and a brief introduction to Annie Ashworth, the new Development and Public Relations Manager at The Angel Appeal for Mission to Seafarers.
At 0600 on the 12th of February 55 runners from VOPAK Horizon gathered at the City Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah for the 10th Anniversary of the RAK Half Marathon. Thirteen relay teams of four runners and three individual runners completed the 21km course to raise AED 85,000 in support of The Angel Appeal. Thank you Ilne van Niekerk for answering our call for someone to step up when we lost a runner so the team wasn't disqualified! The RAK Half Marathon is the fastest half marathon in the world with runners holding a number of records. This is the seventh year VOPAK Horizon staff have participated for The Angel Appeal. Thank you Mr. Cees de Greve, and organisers Jasper Jansen, Vishnu Pillai, Shashi Kumar, and Joy Castillo. And a special congratulations to three runners aged 11 who participated in the relay; Yathunath Manikandan, Isabel van der Brug, and Ansgar van der Brug!
The Angel Appeal is grateful to the Novotel Fujairah for hosting yet another successful Fujairah Marine Oil Ball on the 18th of February in support of seafarers in the UAE. Over 200 guests enjoyed the evening in the beautiful setting created for the event, complete with a live jazz band for entertainment. The event would not have been possible without the generous support of General Manager Kareem Zaki, John Mittelstein, Marketing Manager for the Port of Fujairah, The Cellars in Fujairah, our many sponsors who donated prizes to the White Auction, and guests who bid and contributed to the success of the evening, raising over AED 15,000. It is inspiring to see people open their hearts to care for the needs of others that we depend so much on for the lives we enjoy. 
We welcome Annie Ashworth, the new Development and Public Relations Manager at the Angel Appeal for Mission to Seafarers. She moved to Abu Dhabi with her husband Wayne and daughter Victoria (8) last summer. While new to the UAE she has been in the Gulf Region for 15 years working in operations management, organisational development, and relationship building on projects contributing to long-term social change across the GCC. She is enjoying meeting supporters of The Angel Appeal and looks forward to being in touch as we work together to support seafarers in our region. Finding a photograph was a challenge as she is usually behind the camera but if you recognize her at an event or function, please say hello!
"Ideals are like stars: we never reach them, but like the mariners of the sea, we chart our course by them." 
Carl Schurz

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