creator and host of The Loadstar Podcast, and contributor to multiple
shipping and logistics publications over the last 20+ years, Mike will walk the
historic 'Offa's Dyke', from the Severn Estuary in South Wales to the Irish Sea
coast in north Wales.
Starting this June, the trek will take
over ten days to complete.
He will be walking on behalf of UK-based
charity the International Seafarers' Welfare and Assistance Network (ISWAN),
which has assisted almost 12,000 seafarers and their families and awarded
direct grants totalling over $140,000.
motivated to raise money for seafarers after seeing them treated so poorly
during the COVID-19 pandemic when so many were stuck on ships for so long.
the treatment of these crews was abhorrent to be absolutely honest,' he said.
'So many were stuck onboard ships for longer than a year and, really, hardly
anybody outside the industry cared. Then they couldn’t get vaccines so they
still couldn’t return home. It’s a disgrace when these are the people who
transport all the energy and food on which we all rely. And all the luxuries we
don’t really need but ordered anyway during lockdowns.
we’ve got the war in Ukraine which has trapped hundreds more seafarers in the
Black Sea. Again, they are the forgotten victims,' he said. 'I’m hoping some of
the ship owners and managers or other people in the logistics world I’ve
interviewed over the years might help support this fundraiser.'
.To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/200milesseatosea