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Photo Caption: Africa Mercy sailing across the Tyne


Mercy Ships - 7 Dec 2005

Our special guest speaker was Judy Polkinhorn, Executive Director of Mercy Ships UK. She gave a fascinating talk on this Rotary preferred project.

Mercy Ships is an international Christian humanitarian organisation. It uses ships converted to hospitals to perform life-changing surgery and provide relief and development, in order to bring physical and spiritual healing to the needy in port cities around the world.

Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland is in partnership with Mercy Ships, to bring health care to those who have no access to medical treatment, and to assist disadvantaged communities through sustainable development projects. The completion of the latest and largest ship to be added to the fleet, the Africa Mercy, will enable Mercy Ships to impact many more lives every year. Rotary Clubs hopes to equip the Ophthalmic Operating Theatre by donations and volunteers to serve on the ships. The ophthalmic theatre will cost in the region of ?750,000 and will enable thousands more life-transforming operations each year. The former ferry is undergoing substantial conversion work in Newcastle and is scheduled to sail to Ghana in spring 2006 on a mission of mercy.

Judy said ?By working together, Rotary and Mercy Ships will have an enormous impact on the lives of many thousands of people. We are proud of our partnership with Rotary and we are grateful to them for the time and commitment they put into raising money for our work.?

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