Apostleship of the Sea made a ‘memorable’ visit to St Andrew’s Primary School in Falkirk recently where their story of helping seafarers touched the hearts of everyone.
Euan McArthur, Scottish Development Officer, delivered the Year of Mercy presentation on Friday, 18 November to P4 and 5 pupils at the school in St Andrew’s and Edinburgh Diocese which is just a short journey from the port of Grangemouth.
Pupils heard how AoS are currently assisting a young Romanian fisherman who is paralysed in hospital in Glasgow after sustaining a life-changing brain injury in Argyll and the Isles, as well as the crew of a stranded ship in Aberdeen as they prepare for the likelihood of remaining in dry dock over Christmas.
Deputy Head Teacher, Mrs Maureen Harkins, said: “This was absolutely memorable for the children. It was fascinating to hear some of the stories affecting seafarers here in Scotland.
“We are looking forward to AoS returning to our school to share even more information with us in March.
“The children now really appreciate the importance of seafarers in transporting our everyday goods and are already looking forward to doing some fund-raising for this wonderful charity.”
Among the questions asked by pupils were how seafarers were able to cope being away from their families for such a long time especially with Christmas approaching.
Euan said: “The children were very attentive as proved by the wide-ranging questions after the presentation. We would like to say a big thank you to Mrs Harkins for inviting AoS for a return visit in March.”
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