For the third year running, Informa Markets has selected Mercy Ships as the official charitable partner for Seatrade Cruise Virtual, an event for the global cruise community which will be held virtually from Oct 5th- 8th. Mercy Ships has been very grateful for the growing support from companies within the cruise industry as we look to build new partnerships that will help us to deliver free, life-changing surgeries and programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mercy Ships wants to help companies achieve their goals in the area of Corporate Social Responsibility, while also increasing support for our programs. Earlier this year, Mercy Ships launched our new PartnerSHIPS Program, which helps us tailor corporate engagement to meet the needs of each partner. The PartnerSHIPS Program allows us the opportunity to build employee engagement programs, cause marketing and co-branding initiatives, as well as product and funding support programs that will allow us to serve more people in the future and together, make a lasting impact in the lives of some of the most vulnerable people on earth.
At the same time of this event, on Oct 6th, Mercy Ships will be making a “Big Splash” announcement around the world announcing our new hospital ship (close to completion), which will be the world’s first and largest custom-built, non-governmental hospital ship. When it deploys, this new ship will serve the continent of Africa alongside our other ship, the Africa Mercy, more than doubling our impact through surgical, medical training, and development programs. Many members of the cruise and maritime industry have followed the progress of this new build very closely, and we invite you to join us as we embark on an exciting season of launching the ship into service.