December 13, 2009 – Cruise Mission to the Pacific Islands

December 13, 2009

2010 Cruise Mission to the Pacific Islands
Saving lives in the Pacific with Medical Surplus

Goal: to help provide health care supplies and educational needs of the  Pacific Islands

Donated supplies were sorted, boxed and made ready to be shipped for the January 4 2010 Cruise Mission to help the Islands of Fanning, Christmas, Rarotonga, Bora Bora, Papeete Tahiti, Moorea, Rangiroa and Nuku Hiva.

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Holland America Cruise Lines scheduled three sailings to the Pacific Islands for during the 2010 New Year. Our hope was that they would deliver many of our donated supplies that had been collected over the year, with the approval and help from the ship.

The sailing departed San Diego California, for a full itinerary of visiting various far away Pacific Islands, and returned back to San Diego 33 days later. The ship first sailed to the Hawaiian Islands, and visit the islands of Hawaii, Maui, Kauai and Oahu. During these various stops, the donated supplies that have been collected (and possibly will be purchased during the cruise) were loaded onto the ship for delivery to Fanning Island, where most of the clinical and school supplies are needed.

The supplies included many new ladies slippers that were donated last year from the two NCL ships that have discontinued sailing here in Hawaii and to Fanning Island.

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There were also many “Crock” rubber shoes, which were donated by a couple of Kona business people, and were sorted and boxed by the Kona Living Stones Church youth group

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The people who receive the footwear, and wear them, would then benefit from the safety the footwear can provide while walking in brush, on rough terrain and contaminated parasitic and infectious soil conditions the islands have.

Another important need for going on this voyage will be to assess the new, and soon to be completed, clinic on Fanning Island.

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The final stages of the finish work are taking place, and many needed materials for the completion to take place were requested by the island council, to a fellow developer here in Kona. Information that was collected would help the developer to determine the next package of supplies needed to be sent by a cargo sailing vessel that deliver supplies to Fanning Island about every four months.

It was everyone’s hope that we will be able to transport a very large amount of supplies during this cruise.
If you would like to help with the financial needs to make this possible please feel free to contact us. A tax receipt is available for any donated supplies and financial donations towards purchases necessary to fulfill the needs of this mission.

Thanks you so much for your partnership and compassion to especially meet the needs of the people in the Pacific Islands thru our ministry.

Please do view the various media clips provided on this website to obtain more information.

NOTE: If you are a future visitor to the island with supplies to donate, please contact me directly to find out the best method of giving the supplies to a trustworthy representative of the council, clinics or schools.
RICH SMITH
Pacific CARE Missions director

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