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Showing kindness and love to seafarers

03rd April 2017

Apostleship of the Sea (AoS) joined forces with St Clement’s Primary school in Dundee as the charity took the special opportunity to share its story with a captive audience. 
              Euan McArthur, National Development Officer for Scotland, spoke to both P6/7 as part of their Pope Francis Faith Award scheme where kindness and love towards others is encouraged. 
              During the morning presentation at the thriving school in the Charleston area of the city, pupils learned how seafarers from all over the country arrive in the nearby port and are visited by Doug Duncan, Port Chaplain for North East of Scotland, and his dedicated volunteers who work to reduce any concerns and problems they encounter while at sea. 
              Head teacher, Andy Macgregor, thanked AoS for their visit and assured them of a similarly warm welcome the next time. 
              Mr Macgregor said, "AoS are a great charity doing excellent work. Feedback from the pupils has been 100 percent positive so I'm sure they would like to hear about some more of the work looking to the future. 
Euan with pupils of St Clements in Dundee            
              He added, “This has really opened our eyes. We only need to look on our own doorstep at the River Tay and realise that seafarers are arriving in the city of Dundee and in need of both practical and spiritual care." 
              Euan said, "We would like to sincerely thank St Clement’s for allowing us to share our mission with them. The pupils were very engaged throughout and happy to know that we are active in the port of Dundee. 
              "We hope it proves beneficial in relation to their own Pope Francis Faith Award and the importance of showing kindness to seafarers." 

              Pupils are pictured holding copies of AoS’ 2016 Annual Review which features ship visitor Jacqueline McGuire who met a Filipino crew arriving in Dundee who hadn't been able to get to Mass for months, before she took them to St Andrew's Cathedral.