Seafarers Awareness Week 6 - 12 June 2011 GARETH
Now in its third year, Seafarers Awareness Week provides a great focus for Seafarers UK and beneficiary charities to raise funds to support seafarers and their families.
Widespread publicity via broadcast, social and print media will help to overcome ‘sea blindness’, the term used to describe how people overlook the vital role played by seafarers as they toil to deliver food, fuel and goods to our island nation.
95% of imports are sea borne and three quarters of our exports leave the UK by ship.
Seafarers UK is the leading charity for our maritime community, giving grants totalling £2.5M annually to 70+ frontline charities.
Formed in 1917 as King George’s Fund for Sailors, Seafarers UK is unique in providing funds to support UK and Commonwealth seafarers in greatest need, whether they are from the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Merchant Navy or fishing fleets.