Island View Shipping ( a Division of Grindrod Shipping) hosted a wonderfully successful, 9th annual NSRI (Station 19, Richards Bay) benefit golf day at the RBCC on the 14th of August.
‘The success of the event itself can only be attributed to the unprecedented generosity of our sponsors and the spirit of camaraderie which prevailed on the course on the day,” said the local representative for Island View Shipping, Mr Roelof Camminga. Having reconciled the finances, he was pleased to declare a record amount of R70 204.00 had been raised for Sea Rescue.
“Every single contribution, be it financial or in the form of prises, is highly appreciated and all our sponsors will be individually thanked,” said Roelof. “I do believe however that special mention is due to Glencore, D&A Shipping, Naledi Shipbroking, Penmarine, Avalon and Centrachrome,” he said.
“Between them alone a fantastic R45 000 was contributed!”
Beyond all shadow of doubt however, as a final endorsement to the great service provided by the NSRI to seafarers, the greatest sponsorship came from Mr Martyn Wade, the CEO of Grindrod Shipping (Pte) Ltd, when the original amount raised was doubled and a grand total of R140 408.00 was handed to Cornel Du Toit, Richards Bay Station Commander on the 10th of September.
Ms Brynn Gericke, (Deputy Station Commander) added “We would like to sincerely thank Island View Shipping for their contribution, with the support from the shipping community, towards our stations running costs. Over the past nine years they have raised R656,396.00. To put that into perspective our annual fuel allocation is R90 000 per year and to just replace our 4m rescue boat with a 4.7m rigid inflatable is R185 000.
“They are our single biggest sponsor for the year and takes a lot of pressure off the crew who can now spend more time maintaining our assets and training,”said Brynn.
“From the organising committee we wish to thank all the sponsors for their support and, as we look forward to planning the 10th annual golf day in 2015, we hope to be able to set new records,” said Roelof.