Pacific Basin Shipping hits a Six for Sailors’ Society.

The Sailors’ Society Singapore Shipping Dinner, with a cricketing theme, at the dazzling Shangri-la Hotel was a great success with 350 guests attending.

Sponsors Pacific Basin Shipping and Ince & Co were recognised for their extensive support both to the charity and for sponsoring the evening. Both were presented with a personalised ‘Year of the Seafarer Award’ by the Sailors’ Society Chief Executive Robert Adams and speaker David Gower in recognition of their commitment to supporting both the event and the Sailors’ Society’s cause in helping seafarers across the globe. Mr P B Subbiah of Pacific Basin Shipping was also presented with a signed and mounted cricket bat, personally signed by David Gower to the company in recognition of their tremendous generosity to the Sailors’ Society. Guests from the shipping industry were entertained by guest speaker was David Gower OBE, who recounted humorous anecdotes and on-and-off-the-field experiences from his colourful international cricketing career. Dinner was followed by a lively auction of mainly cricketing memorabilia, which included two cricket bats: one signed by David Gower and the other by the 2010 England Cricket Team which was donated by Simon Stonehouse of Brit Insurance, who also attended the event. Speaking on behalf of the Sailors’ Society, Jan Webber, Director of Fundraising & Marketing said, “The whole evening was incredibly successful. We are very excited about our first major event in the region, and are delighted that it has gone as well as our London and Geneva events. As a global charity, we support seafarers across the world and so it’s fantastic to recognise our supporters in Asia. The whole evening has raised an extremely generous amount of funds for the Society and we are so grateful to our sponsors for making it possible and to our many guests who were so generous with their bids. We also had the opportunity to launch our Asian Challenge which is attracting considerable interest.” The Sailors’ Society is an international charity which provides a personal lifeline to seafarers throughout the world. The charity offers practical help, emotional and spiritual support as well as financial assistance and family liaison through Port Chaplains and Seafarers’ Centres. The Charity’s Port Chaplains visit thousands of ships every year, directly addressing the needs of seafarers - irrespective of a person’s belief or nationality - as well as maintaining vital links within the Ports from which they operate. Ends Words: 256