TOP TEE: Al Graham, Natt Keene, Tess Mason, Jed Griffiths, Jesse Frahm and Bryce Munting going for a round to raise money for the Mission to Seafarers group.
TOP TEE: Al Graham, Natt Keene, Tess Mason, Jed Griffiths, Jesse Frahm and Bryce Munting going for a round to raise money for the Mission to Seafarers group. Mike Richards

Hit a birdy and raise cash in mission possible

THE Gladstone shipping community is on board to raise money to keep an important charity afloat.

The Shipping Fraternity Charity Golf Day, which has been running for over 20 years, on Wednesday took a swing at raising $4000 to beat last year's effort of $3500.

All proceeds go towards the Mission to Seafarers - a volunteer program that offers services for seamen who dock at the Gladstone Port.

The event attracted 79 members of the shipping community who enjoyed a round of golf, had some beers and sausages and tried their luck in a raffle to raise some much-needed funds.

MTS board member Janelle Gilmour said it was a great day and everyone got behind the cause.

"The shipping community really values the work of MTS," she said.

"They provide seamen with a place to relax, change money, access the internet, go shopping and contact their families after months at sea."

Event organiser John Parks from Monson Shipping Agency said the work by Mission to Seafarers brings the whole port together.

"It's extremely important for foreign seamen who have been out at sea for months, who may be injured," he said.

"Last year they had to go out and counsel a crew because someone was killed on the ship."

MTS Gladstone manager Dennis Andersen said everyone notices the large ships docked on the harbour but few people think about the crew on those ships.

"Everyone's seen the coal ships sitting off the harbour, but very few realise that each one is home to 15-20 crew, who can be doing it pretty tough," he said.

"The co-operation of the shipping agents is crucial to our service, and it's great the whole community can be involved in looking after our seafarers."

MTS not only helps foreign seafarers, last year it changed more than $1 million at the centre for sailers and the bulk of that was spent at local businesses.



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