Public lecture: Mercy Ships… bringing hope and healing to the world’s forgotten poor
Tuesday, 26 August
TH Barry Lecture Theatre at 19:00
Entrance is free to members on presentation of a valid 2014 membership card. Non members R30.
Speaker: John Rae, National Director, Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships… celebrating 35 years of transforming lives and serving nations: 575 port visits, 2.47 million direct beneficiaries. On board a hospital ship over 400 volunteers from around the world bring hope and healing to thousands of people who would never have believed it possible. In parts of Africa tens of thousands of people, from children through to the elderly, die every day from curable or treatable causes. Each day our volunteers treat life-threatening tumours, cleft lips, orthopaedic deformities and a host of other physical disabilities and do palate repairs and cataract removals – completely free of charge.
In addition to operating the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, Mercy Ships also manages a South Africa based programme, Mercy Vision South Africa, in the Eastern Cape. Since 2010 Mercy Vision South Africa has been training South African eye care professionals with an annual goal of helping 3 300 blind people to regain their sight, vastly impacting on the lives of the visually impaired in the region.
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