On the last day of autumn this year, November 30, all interested persons can gather to enjoy tea, coffee, and stories of hope and healing as Danish Shipping, located in the heart of Copenhagen, and Mercy Ships Denmark open their doors for an inspiring afternoon dedicated to hospital ships.
One of Mercy Ships’ two vessels has Danish origins. The ship, now named Africa Mercy, previously operated as the Great Belt ferry “Queen Ingrid” before being purchased by Mercy Ships and transformed into the hospital ship that has been saving and transforming thousands of lives since 2007.
During the event, Vibeke Hauge Førrisdahl, the General Secretary of Mercy Ships Denmark, will share inspiring stories of people who, after years of seeking surgical help, have found new hope and opportunities in their lives aboard the ships.
Chief Engineer Viggo Bostrup will talk about the extraordinary everyday life on Africa Mercy and what has motivated him to volunteer on the ship a remarkable 11 times.
You will also learn more about the world’s largest fleet of civilian hospital ships, known by various names as “love ships” to “global villages,” operated by volunteers from around the world working in various roles, providing surgical help to some of the world’s underprivileged people.
Danish Shipowners will provide refreshments during the afternoon. During the breaks, you’ll have the opportunity to meet several people from the organization’s staff and volunteers and ask any questions you may have – whether about the organization’s values, work, and causes, life on board, or how you can become a volunteer on the ships.
To register, reach out to the event coordinator, Frederik Rasmussen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.