PRESS RELEASE: ITF Seafarers’ Trust pledges £1 million to support seafarers and maintain welfare services hit by Covid-19

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31 March 2020

ITF Seafarers’ Trust pledges £1 million to support seafarers and maintain welfare services hit by Covid-19

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust (ITFST) is today launching an emergency fund to address the impact of the global pandemic on seafarers and their families. The fund also aims to provide a lifeline for welfare services at risk due to the financial impact the virus has had on business and fundraising and activities.

The ITFST Covid-19 Welfare Fund has two main purposes:

  • to facilitate fast grant payments for specific projects to alleviate hardship, stress and isolation of seafarers and their families;
  • to provide funds for the maintenance of seafarers’ welfare services during the period of instability caused by Covid-19 and the measures taken to combat the virus.

The Trust is working closely with the TK Foundation to ensure a coordinated approach to funding and a swift response to the multiplicity of issues arising from the impact of the virus on global trade and the maritime community. The TK Foundation is a private foundation supporting non-profit maritime and youth programs.

Dave Heindel, Chair of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust said: “At the best of times seafarers struggle to get recognition for the amazing job they do ensuring the steady flow of household goods, food and commodities around the world. Now they have the incredible stress of being stranded far away from their families at a time of extreme distress. It is critically important that the ITF Seafarers’ Trust is there for them at this time of need.”

Head of ITF Seafarers’ Trust Katie Higginbottom added: “As well as providing for seafarers, we also want to make sure that the welfare services that currently offer much appreciated welfare support for seafarers, survive to serve another day after this crisis is over.”

Cases relating to individual seafarers can also be addressed but applications must be made via ITF affiliated unions, ITF inspectors or welfare organisations.

For more details see here www.seafarerstrust.org/covid-19_grants/

ENDS

For further information please contact:

Mary Bollan, Communications Manager, email: mary@seafarerstrust.org  Tel: +44 (0)7786 516131

The TK Foundation can be contacted through:

Dennis Treleaven Maritime Program Officer, TK Foundation, email dennis@thetkfoundation.org

 

Note to editors

The ITF Seafarers Trust is a UK charity established in 1981, funds programmes that advance the wellbeing of maritime workers, seafarers and their families. We are funded by the Trust’s own capital funds, and by the investment income of the Welfare Fund at the International Transport Workers Federation, a global federation of transport workers’ unions with over 4.6 million worker members.

 

More information visit:

www.seafarerstrust.org/

Facebook @ITFtrust

Twitter @Seafarers_Trust

 

The TK Foundation is a private independent foundation organized in the Bahamas in 2002. The Foundation is named for J. Torben Karlshoej, “T.K.”, who grew up on a farm in Denmark and later founded the Teekay Shipping Company, now Teekay Corporation.

More information visit:

www.tkfoundation.bs



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