Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Ferry Group Asks Passengers to Stump Up Their Change for Charity

Donations Bring Sight to the Blind
Shipping News Feature

EUROPE – WORLDWIDE – For the third year in a row Stena Line has launched a donation campaign in favour of the non-profit organisation Mercy Ships life-changing work, bringing free medical care to where it's needed the most with their floating hospital Africa Mercy. During the month of October guests travelling on board Stena Line ferries are given the opportunity to donate by rounding up every purchase.

The campaign ‘Round Up for Charity’ will be live on board Stena Line’s 37 ferries in Europe during the month of October. Guests travelling with Stena Line are given the opportunity to round up every purchase in restaurants, bars, cafés and shops. To round off the campaign, Stena Line will round up the donated amount as well.

The full amount will be donated to the life-changing work of Mercy Ships, bringing free medical care to some of the poorest countries in the world. Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability, Brand & Communication at Stena Line said that if every passenger travelling on Stena Line’s ferries in Europe contributes then last year’s total can easily be exceeded.

Stena Line and the non-governmental organisation Mercy Ships initiated a partnership in 2017 and have since then run several donation campaigns together on board Stena Line’s ferries raising more than 350,000 SEK in total. Stena Line has also initiated their own volunteer programme, offering employees the opportunity to apply for volunteer positions on board the Africa Mercyi for a period of 2-6 months.

The Stena Line volunteers are guaranteed leave of absence and the cost for transportation and vaccinations is covered by the company. Lewenhaupt comments:

“The partnership with Mercy Ships is an important part of Stena Line’s corporate social responsibility and engages everyone from the management to our employees working on board, but also our guests and partners which we a proud of.”

Mercy Ships floating hospital the Africa Mercy is currently in the port of Dakar, Senegal. She arrived in August 2019 and will stay throughout June 2020. Every donation will make a great difference and an example of this is that less than €150 Euro is enough to give one person their eyesight back with a simple cataract eye-operation. Since the start in 1976 Mercy Ships have provided close to 50,000 eye operations.

One of the patients is Monique from Cameroon who lost her sight from cataract at six years of age, stopping her from attending school. At the age of nine a simple eye-operation on board Mercy Ships changed her life in less than 20 minutes, and she got her eyesight back. Soon she could return to school and her future is bright, in more than one way and her story can be seen here

Photo: Without her operation Monique’s chance of an education would have been lost.