By Judith Kasek – EM TV, Port Moresby
‘Youth with a Mission’ medical ships have finally secured the purchase of their new vessel, the MV Ammari.
YWAM medical ships started its campaign in July this year, with the goal of raising $6.5 million AUD or K14.4 million to purchase the new ship. Everything has turned out extremely well, with the organisation having finalised the purchase of the new training and medical ship, the MV Ammari for PNG.
After the staging of a very successul public awareness tour along Australia’s east coast, the vessel will dock at Townsville for renovations before it makes its maiden voyage to Papua New Guinea.
With the theme ‘overcoming the impossible’ YWAM’s Managing Director, Ken Mulligan said the organisation was delighted to announce this historic achievement to strengthen the relationship with Australia’s nearest neighbour.
The biggest contribution of K6.19 million was received in Papua New Guinea at a fundraising dinner, through pledges and cash from the national and provincial governments’ and corporate donors.
YWAM’s PNG Patron, Sir Rabbie Namaliu said the acquisition of the MV Ammari will ensure that Papua New Guinea’s receive health care and training services in rural and remote areas.
The MV Ammari will commence renovations early next year before making its maiden voyage to PNG in 2015.