Sailing community supports Mercy Ships

Sailing community supports Mercy Ships

Flagstaff Marine is proud to support the global charity Mercy Ships.

At the 2017 Beneteau Cup we raised a massive $7,712 through a silent auction for this incredible organisation. We really appreciate the generosity of our owners’ community.

Flagstaff Director Micah Lane was delighted to be able to hand over a cheque to Mercy Ships Managing Director Alan Burrell.

According to Alan, “We are delighted the sailing community and Flagstaff Marine have supported and embraced the work Mercy Ships is doing. This fundraising is so important to the continued work we do.”

Two-thirds of the money raised will go towards Orthopaedic Surgery for children and adults,  with the remainder put towards nursing and healthcare training in local communities.

Free Health Care

To those who need it most

Mercy Ships operates the largest non-government hospital ships in the world, to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world.

Over five billion people on the face of the Earth lack access to safe surgical and medical care. In many developing countries in Africa, even basic medical care is a luxury.

People are plagued by preventable diseases, untreated illnesses and neglected injuries. Even a simple toothache can become a life-threatening crisis.

Nearly 50 percent of the people have no access to a hospital or doctor. Children, teens, adults and the elderly suffer and die every day from curable or treatable causes. A staggering 6.6 million children under the age of five died in 2012 from treatable diseases – more than 18,000 children per day. (Source: WHO).

Mercy Ships saves lives.

A job like no other

A job like no other

Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, with more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries.

  • Free surgical and health care solutions
  • Community development projects
  • Community health education
  • Mental health programmes
  • Agriculture projects
  • Palliative care for terminally ill patients

Mercy Ships serves all people without regard for race, gender or religion. Each year, more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort.

What makes Mercy Ships different?

We use a unique platform – a ship – to bring world-class medical care to the poorest nations of the world. Because over 50% of the world’s population lives within 160 kilometres of the coast, we’re able to sail a modern hospital ship with a crew of 400 volunteers directly to people who lack access. A ship gives us a number of advantages including:

  • The ability to provide our services to millions who live in those areas of the globe that are difficult to access in normal circumstances allowing thousands to experience the same kind of medical care available to those of us who live in the west.
  • Our staff work and are accommodated in a secure environment.
  • In the unfortunate event of civil unrest, both staff and the self-contained hospital can be evacuated quickly to move onto the next assignment without loss of investment or capabilities.

Mercy Ships bring hope, healing and renewed health to thousands.