It was a breakfast fundraiser like none other at the YWAM Townsville centre on the 26 of April. Guests had the privilege of hearing from keynote speaker, the Right Honourable Sir Rabbie Namaliu CSM KCMG, former Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea (PNG). With his understanding of what PNG has to offer, as well as the struggles they face, the former Prime Minister shared in support of the medical ship’s work, and offered key strategies for strengthening the growing relationship between Townsville and PNG.
Guests were greeted with traditional Maori, Fijian, and Papua New Guinean song and dance lead by Properway Productions, PNG TAFE exchange students, and YWAM Medical Ships Australia (YWAM MSA) staff from a variety of countries including New Zealand, Australia, Papua New Guinea, the United States, Fiji, Tonga, and South Korea.
In addition to hearing from the former Prime Minister, other speakers had the chance to share and inspire, including YWAM MSA’s patron, the Honourable Mike Reynolds AM, and advocates, Jeff Wall, CBE, and Peter Honeycombe.
The morning was a great way to connect Townsville individuals, organisations, and businesses with the medical ship, and each other, emphasising that working together produces better results.