Townsville’s YWAM Medical Ship returns home today from Sister City Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea Saturday after six months of providing training, medical, and community services in some of the most remote villages of our nearest international neighbours.
The M/V Pacific Link will again be home ported in the Townsville Marine Precinct Common Use Facility free of charge thanks to the generosity of Port of Townsville Ltd.
Over the past 6 months, 63,548 medical, training and development services have been provided by a number of volunteers – 68 of whom were locals – including ophthalmologist, Dr Bill Talbot, midwives and nurses from Townsville hospitals, and dental workers.
Managing Director Ken Mulligan said it was the grassroots mixture of community support from school children collecting toothbrushes to major corporate influencers like Dr Daryl Holmes of 1300SMILES that has made all the difference.
“Its all about having heart,” Mr Mulligan said.
“There are a lot of people in Townsville who have big hearts. Its not always about giving lots of money or time, but about hearing a need and responding with what you have in your heart. And that’s what we have repeatedly seen thousands of people here in Townsville do. I can tell you its making a huge difference and bringing amazing hope to some pretty incredible people in PNG.”