National Volunteer Week 2019

2 April 2019
Supporting and transforming lives of children, families and communities in the world’s poorest nations would not be possible without volunteers.

In the United Nations Development Goals that Canada and other nations have committed to achieving by 2030, there is not one goal that does not involve volunteers. Globally, volunteerism is one of the key factors identified in global development, and at Mercy Ships we couldn’t agree more.

Without volunteers, our work at Mercy Ships would simply not be possible. Those who serve onboard the Africa Mercy, the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, pay their own way. This means that in addition to donating their professional skills, they also fundraise or donate their own money to cover all their expenses while onboard.

In result, more funds and resources that are raised in our national offices go towards providing free surgeries and care for those in need.

Every year, over 1000 individuals for over 40 different countries serve onboard the Africa Mercy. While medical staff are key in providing free surgeries and medical services, we rely on a wide range of skills and professionals to ensure the ship runs safely and effectively. In addition to surgeons, nurses and dentists, the ship is home to a range of medical support technicians, cooks, electricians, housekeepers, plumbers, engineers, receptionists, stewards, communications and IT staff – and more!

It takes people from all walks of life and industries to transform lives on the Africa Mercy – but one thing they all have in common is their generous spirit and commitment to serving those in need.

This National Volunteer Week, help us honour the amazing volunteers who are bringing hope and healing to the world’s poorest nations. Read their stories or follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter and share their stories of inspiration across your networks. Our volunteers are amazing – spread the word!