Event Benefits Apostleship of Sea (4/16)


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The SIU is teaming up with the International Transport Workers’ Federation, the SIU of Canada, the Maritime Union of Australia, Nautilus International, and Sindicato Nacional da Marinha Mercante (SINDMAR) for an event benefiting the Apostleship of the Sea and its International Seafarers Center based in Beaumont, Texas. Read the letter below from SIU Secretary-Treasurer David Heindel for more information. Photos of the event’s T-shirt also appear below (click them for larger versions).


Join the ITF 2013 Poker Run – Or at Least Get Your T-Shirt. It’s for a Great Cause!


Dear Fellow Mariners and Supporters:


The International Transport Workers’ Federation along with several co-sponsoring organizations is pleased to announce the inaugural ITF Charitable Poker Run. The inaugural run is scheduled for July 13-15 around the great State of Michigan. This is a fundraiser benefiting a most worthy cause: the Apostleship of the Sea and its International Seafarers Center based in Beaumont, Texas. It is envisioned that in succeeding Runs, we will choose a worthy organization in the city/country of the meetings of the Fair Practices Committee (FPC).


There is still time to sign up for the event, and for those that want to support it without making the trip, T-shirts are available for purchase, with all proceeds going to the AOS/ISC. It's intended as a motorcycle outing but your method of transportation is up to you.


In case you’ve never heard of a poker run, it normally involves participants collecting playing cards from various locations. In our case, the cards will be available in three states (Illinois, Wisconsin, and Michigan) on a scenic route covering approximately 1,400 miles (2,250km). At the end of the run, the participant with the best and worst hand wins the pot.


To view the route, go to: http://rideplanner.harley-davidson.com/rideplanner/share/513887


This should be a fun time and, most importantly, it truly is for a vital, valuable beneficiary. For those unfamiliar with the Apostleship of the Sea, it’s an organization that does exactly what its name suggests: ministers to seafarers. Just within the Beaumont dioceses (which also includes Port Arthur and Orange), more than 2,100 deep-sea vessels enter the ports every year, carrying an estimated 46,000 mariners (most of whom are Catholic). The AOS serves them as well as crews from the more than 300 shrimp boats that sail the Gulf of Mexico. (You can learn more about the organization by visiting http://dioceseofbmt.org/aos/index.html)


If you’d like to sign up and/or purchase a T-shirt, please contact me via email, telephone or snail mail. Registration fee for the run is $100.00, T-shirts are $25.00, and Bandanas are $10.00.


Last but definitely not least, I thank all of our sponsors: the ITF, SIU of Canada, Maritime Union of Australia, Nautilus International, SINDMAR, and the Seafarers International Union of North America.


Here’s to smooth sailing and hard riding.



 David Heindel

 Chairman, ITF Seafarers’ Section

 Secretary-Treasurer, Seafarers International Union

 (301) 899-0675


 5201 Auth Way

 Camp Springs, MD 20746




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