MISSION to Seafarers has raised $1.3m through its Adventure Race Japan fundraising challenge to support seafarers’ welfare.
The three-day event organised by the Christian welfare charity serving merchant crews around the world ended on May 21. It involved 64 teams from 19 countries competing in the “Green Dragon” and “Black Dragon” races on the Izu Peninsula in harsh weather and mountainous terrain.
Participants included 37 women and 155 men from Japan and Singapore, with ages ranging from 22 to 65.
The funds will be allocated to several key areas of Mission to Seafarers operations, with a significant portion going to its Emerging Port Strategy 2022-2026, which aims to provide a strategic approach to new and existing operations in Asia and globally.
The funds will also support the seafarer group’s family support network in the Philippines and India.
The organisation said the fundraising event has demonstrated “the solidarity and commitment of the international maritime community and the Japanese shipping industry to seafarers’ well-being”.
“Life can often be an uphill struggle, especially so for seafarers in recent years,” said Mission to Seafarers secretary-general Canon Wright. “The outcomes have surpassed all that we might have hoped.”