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Mercy Ships Celebrates World Blood Donor Day
Date:6/14/2009

crew onboard the Africa Mercy expects to impact more than 53,000 people through the hospital ship's services during its 10-month stay in the West African port.

ABOUT WORLD BLOOD DONOR DAY: World Blood Donor day was designated as an annual event at the United Nations World Health Assembly in 2005. The overall objective of WBDD is to create wider awareness of the need for safe blood for transfusion and the importance of blood donation. Click on http://www.wbdd.org/

ABOUT MERCY SHIPS: Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978 by Don and Deyon Stephens, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries, providing services valued at more than $748 million, directly impacting more than 2.16 million direct beneficiaries. More than 1200 crew worldwide, representing more than 40 nations, are joined each year by over 2000 short-term volunteers. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Go to www.mercyships.org

Interviews with crew are available. Hi-res photos and general Mercy Ships broadcast footage clips are available for download at www.mercyshipsnews.org or upon request.

Mercy Ships Media Contacts:
Diane Rickard, Director International Public Relations, Mercy Ships
44.1438.727.800 (UK)

Pauline Rick, U.S. Director of Public Relations, Mercy Ships
903-939-7649

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