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Saddle-sore in a good cause

During the Covid pandemic over 1 million people serving at sea were stranded on board, from cargo ship crew to waiters on cruise ships. AMI Marine are once again fundraising for The Seafarers Charity, which provided much needed help to those seafarers.
This time AMI Marine will take on a physical challenge with a difference - The Iron Butt Sore Saddle 1000. Technical Manager Robin ‘Rob’ Grigg and Company Director Martin Cox will be riding their motorbikes and covering 1000 miles – but it must be achieved within 24 hours!
One of those seafarers helped by The Seafarers Charity is Izad, whose story helps shed light on the enormous difficulties that coronavirus has brought to seafarers throughout the world.
Izad was aboard a cruise ship, confined and unable to leave. The 500 strong crew and staff had no contact with the outside world and little resources due to salaries being cut to a third. This stressful and upsetting situation was unbearable. But help did come.
The Seafarers’ Charity worked with their expert partner Queen Victoria Seamen’s Rest. Their specialist support team visited Izad and his shipmates and tackled the bankrupt cruise company about withheld salaries, which were eventually paid. They also arranged for chaplains to counsel crew members and provided free internet communications so that the seafarers could at last talk to their families and loved ones again.
AMI’s fundraisers Martin and Rob have both been through the mill health-wise in the last few years, each undergoing emergency surgery and months of continuing treatment and rehabilitation.  This ride is a challenge for any rider who takes it on, so Martin, who will be riding his K1300GT, and Rob, who will be riding his Yamaha Tracer 900GT, will be exploring their own unique limits of endurance to complete the ‘The SoreSaddle 1000’ successfully.
To find out more about AMI - click here 

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