With Christmas fast approaching, Catholic seafarers’ charity Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) benefited from the festive generosity of St Ninian’s High School, Giffnock by receiving a much-appreciated £250 donation.
AoS Scotland Development Officer, Euan McArthur, made a return visit to the school in the Paisley Diocese and shared with S1 Pupils a strong Christmas message in his Assembly.
Pupils were touched to hear how many seafarers won’t get the chance to spend Christmas with their families and how AoS will care for them over the festive period, endeavouring to make it as memorable as possible for those who find themselves hundreds and even thousands of miles from loved ones.
Mr Gerry Bradshaw, Head of Religious Education, praised AoS for their sterling work.
He said: “It’s something that a lot of us can only possibly imagine, being away from our families at such a special time of the year. This makes Apostleship of the Sea a very special charity for all they do to support seafarers.”
Joe Harkins, a PE Teacher, offered his own personal support. Mr Harkins said: “Coming from Greenock, I realise the need and importance of helping people who work at sea.
“It’s great to know they are being looked after in this way.”
AoS would like to thank Mr Bradshaw for all his assistance and the school’s Charities Activities board for their backing, while look forward to returning to St Ninian’s early in the New Year.