Mercy Ships, providing life-changing surgeries in some of the neediest countries in the world, picked up another cruise industry donation in the form of EUR 100,000 gift from Costa Group.
This will allow hospital ship Africa Mercy to complete over 400 surgeries during its current assignment in Cotonou Benin.
CEO Michael Thamm spontaneously pledged the support after a brief presentation at Seatrade Cruise Med by Russ Holmes, director of development/corporate relations for Mercy Ships.
Thamm announced the donation from the main stage of Seatrade Cruise Med in Tenerife after the short presentation that featured Vanya, a young girl with an orthopedic condition called 'windswept legs.' As her family could not afford treatment. she received surgery and therapy free of charge onoard Africa Mercy.
According to Holmes, the gift from the Costa Group is being made through AIDA Cruises to Mercy Ships' German office.
During its current months-long stint in Benin, Africa Mercy's all-volunteer medical personnel hope to complete more than 1,700 surgeries onboard, treat over 8,000 people at a land-based dental clinic and provide holistic healthcare training to Beninese health professionals.
In spring 2015, Pullmantur became the first cruise company to sign a partnership agreement to support Mercy Ships.