Fundraising at SMM Hamburg 2016

5th October 2016

SMM stands for Shipbuilding, Machinery & Marine Technology and the annual SMM Hamburg exhibition is the hailed as the world’s leading international Maritime trade fair.

The event regularly attracts over 2,000 exhibitors and 5,000 visitors from around the world who easily take up the full 90,000 square meters of the Berlin Exhibition Centre. This is the event where the maritime industry gets together to discuss the challenges which face the industry and debate the potential solutions.

Visitors to SMM Hamburg 2016 were greeted by a crew of fundraisers for The Mission, who were dressed in traditional seafaring outfits inspired by 19th century sailors. This was done to celebrate the 160th birthday of The Mission to Seafarers which takes place this year.

Speaking of the Mission’s importance to the seafaring community, Brise’s Managing Director Kai-Erik Clemmesen said: “I am delighted to announce that Brise will be supporting The Mission to Seafarers’ fundraising efforts at SMM Hamburg 2016.”

“The Mission is a fantastic global maritime charity that supports seafarers and their families in times of need, through a wide range of help and assistance. This includes providing communications for seafarers to contact home, running transport services from ship to shore, and managing around 120 seafarers’ centres in ports in over 50 countries.”

“We have made a donation to the Mission today of £3,000 and hope that this will encourage others in the shipping industry to make a contribution this week to such a good cause. The Mission is on hand night and day to provide help in some of the world’s most remote and inhospitable places. I wish the team from the Mission at SMM Hamburg every good wish for a successful week.”

Looking ahead to SMM Hamburg and The Mission to Seafarers campaign, Jos Standerwick, Director of Development at The Mission, said: “Thank you to Brise for this generous donation which has got the campaign off to an amazing start.”

“Being the featured charity for SMM Hamburg 2016 is a huge privilege, where we have the chance to show the maritime community just a small part of the work we carry out worldwide. This campaign will help the lives of seafarers and their loved ones around the globe, 365 days a year. We look forward to seeing supporters of the Mission there.”

The Mission to Seafarers will also be running a stand where delegates can make donations and find out more about their work. They will be located in the Central Entrance in the Foyer.

Photo of Anna, Anna and Veronica at Hamburg Messe 2016

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