Yes, the year has zipped by and we have started our Christmas Parcel wrapping. It is a great joy to bless the thousands of seafarers that visit Aberdeen every year and especially at Christmas when our volunteers wrap up some 3,000 parcels to give out.
If you fancy joining us, then come tonight (10th) between 1800 and 2200 or Wednesday (11th), midday to 1500 and Thursday (12th) between 1800 and 2200.
We have been able to buy the various items to put into the parcels thanks to two very helpful companies…
Personal items, with the help of Rob Heaney, were purchased from… personalproducts.co.uk.
The other gifts that go inside the woolly hats were provided by Promo-solved, www.promo-solved.co.uk Many thanks to Sam for all your support and help… I cannot show you pictures of the items as it would spoil the surprise for my seafarers!! :o)
The routine and not so routine continues to keep me busy. I’ve had a wedding to conduct, visits to hospital and at home and several speaking engagements recently; one at St Nicholas Probus, (pictured) then Newtonhill Ladies Group and the other was to Alford History Group!
I spent a morning in Montrose with my good friend and colleague, Peter Donald. I had hoped to see another old friend, a captain, but the vessel he was on ended up at anchor and we never managed to meet up. A little glimpse of how frustrating it can be for seafarers and their families when leave arrangements change at short notice?
I have also been dealing with a number of seafarers who have been going through difficult times – marriage breakdowns; loss of jobs; illnesses… the welfare needs of seafarers are never far away.
The Centre continues to be well used and seafarers do enjoy the facilities we offer – all for free!
Of course, the Malaviya Seven continues to occupy my time. I had the joy of taking them shopping – £1k of food for them. It was fun to see them cooking the next day!
We continue to await the auctioning of the vessel that will hopefully see the crew receive their due wages and bring this long saga to an end!
On a personal level, I injured myself when I visited ASDA – and the automatic door stopped opening as I walked through – well actually, into it! As can be seen in the picture, I was left with a sore nose! What was most worrying was the fact that when the staff put out a call for a first aider to attend, it took over 8 minutes for the person to arrive! Good job I didn’t have a heart attack! Disappointing service from ASDA at the Beach Boulevard!
The remainder of this week is going to be as busy as ever and then I will be heading off to London on Sunday for a few days to attend the Supporting Seafarers Conference which will be very interesting for sure.
I best close for now… until the next time!