In a previous report we mentioned that the Durban Seafarers Mission was on the shortlist of six from a large number of entries for the International Seafarers Welfare Awards.

Unfortunately the centre did not win the award this year as competition was tough and the judges found it very difficult to decide on the winner.

But as Roy Turnbull says : “I nevertheless feel very pleased with our achievement for the Durban Seafarers Mission.”

As a shortlisted centre, however we have been invited to attend the awards ceremony where the Centre will be presented with a framed certificate by Mr Guy Ryder, Director General of the International Labour Organisation (ILO). The awards ceremony will be held at the ILO in Geneva, and will be a prestigious event with over 300 attendees including high level government officials, leading ship owners, and senior leadership from maritime trade unions.

Although the Durban Seafarers Mission didn’t win, Chaplain Rev. Paul Noel received the personality of the year award and he will to go Geneva to receive his award as well as the certificate.

Something to be proud of, indeed!

Congratulations to all for their efforts to have enabled the Centre to have featured so prominently.