SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, April 8, 2021 — inCruises International, the world’s largest cruise membership club, has announced the launch of a new campaign to engage its network of members, supporters and employees with the goal of raising a matched amount to total $100K to help Mercy Ships provide lifesaving surgical procedures in Africa.
Through their floating hospitals, Mercy Ships has been providing surgical care to those in need for more than 40 years, at no charge to the families and patients involved.
“We are excited to announce our partnership with Mercy Ships. We are a ‘match made in heaven.’ I believe that our company’s core values align with Mercy Ships in fulfilling its mission of saving lives and relieving suffering. For inCruises, it is important to create a work environment that empowers our global team of partners and employees to give back actively. We are delighted to launch our fundraising campaign this season and inspire our network to have an impact in global healthcare services through Mercy Ships,” states Michael T. Hutchison, CEO inCruises International LLC.
Mercy Ships currently operates the Africa Mercy, a 16,572 GT former Danish rail ferry, and will soon add a new purpose-built vessel, the Global Mercy. When completed, the 37,000 GT Global Mercy® will be the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. The non-profit works with nations in sub-Saharan Africa to strengthen their local healthcare delivery systems by providing a variety of training opportunities for medical professionals while serving the surgical needs of the host country. Surgery is a foundational component of health-care systems.
“This announcement is our first step in building a long-term partnership with Mercy Ships with the desire to engage our company in providing a brighter future for so many people in need of life-changing medical services,” said Frank J. Codina, President and Chief Operating Officer of inCruises International LLC.
“Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations through the tireless work of thousands of volunteers, partners, and supporters. It would not be possible to do this without the incredible commitment from of our generous Corporate Partners and donors. We are excited to welcome inCruises to our family of Corporate Partners and look forward to seeing the inspirational stories that will come through this campaign,” added Tom Stogner, CEO Mercy Ships.
To learn more about how you can join this campaign to support the Mercy Ships mission, please visit: www.mercyships.org/incruises.
About inCruises International
Since launching its flagship membership in 2015, inCruises International has grown to become the premier cruise membership club with Members and Partners in over 178 countries all over the world. inCruises is making a measurable difference in the lives of its Members and is committed to ethically providing a business ownership opportunity to its growing Partner team. The company is also committed to positive global corporate citizenship by supporting Mercy Ships, and the Make-a-Wish Foundation. To share in the experience, please visit our Business and Membership
ABOUT MERCY SHIPS: Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1 billion, treating more than 2.5 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from more than 40 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. Learn more about who we are.
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