Welcome to our Spring Newsletter! Here is an update of just some of the Angel Appeal's activity over the last few months!
World Health Day Distribution in Hamriyah Port on 7th April involved 1000 bags of clothing, sandals, toiletries and hygiene items distributed by HSBC with the support of DP World to some very happy seafarers.
On the 16th of April Windsurf Arabia ran a long distance challenge from Jebel Ali, around the Palm, to the Dubai Offshore Sailing Club. Riders collected sponsorship for and raised awareness of the Angel Appeal and Mission to Seafarers in the UAE. This kind of initiative in the community is fantastic and we hope to see more of it!
The Fujairah Tennis and Country Club hosted an Afternoon Tea on 22nd April benefiting the Angel Appeal. It was a beautiful, albeit slightly breezy afternoon. Fujairah on the east coast of the UAE is the second largest bunker anchorage worldwide. Annually Fujairah sees over 12,500 ships and 200,000 seafarers with 125 ships at any one time. Ships are sometimes 18 miles offshore with crews unable to get shore leave but with the same needs and difficulties as those in port. The MV Flying Angel is based in Fujairah and visits those ships as a floating seafarers centre, welcoming more than 10,000 seafarers on board every year.
On the 10th May the Angel Appeal with Farsi and Urdu speaking translators and staff from the Dubai Chamber conducted a survey of over 50 seafarers at the Dubai Creek. The most consistent requests were for access to drinking water, respite from the sun and heat for rest and sleep, and medical attention for frequent accidents. Water is a critical issue, over the summer months serious illnesses related to kidney failure are prevalent as the only water available to many is what they buy themselves on their already limited (and often unpaid) salary, and while public showers are available to them, there are cases of scalding and burning every summer as water boils in the pipes. Few dhows have storage facilities (refrigeration or cool boxes) for food and in Ramadan they often throw away excess while during the rest of the year they struggle to afford the basics. An article written by Parastoo Karimi of the Dubai Chamber about her experience talking to the seafarers during our survey will be published on our website. To find out how best to help please be in touch.
To wrap up our Spring activities, The Angel Appeal partnered with Du to mark Give and Gain Day by the Dubai Chamber on 19th May. Seafarers were gifted first aid kits, flip flops, a towel, hat, and toiletries. We were joined by RTA staff and enthusiastic security officers who kindly joined in and conducted crowd control.
A special Ramadan edition of the newsletter will feature upcoming distributions and activities.
"An age is called Dark not because the Light fails to shine, but because people refuse to see it."
James A Michener - Space