The city of Newcastle has the opportunity to set foot onboard the s/y Ruach, a medical and training vessel that will soon deploy to Papua New Guinea (PNG). Christian charity YWAM Ships Newcastle will be holding free, public tours of their sailing vessel at Queen’s Wharf both this Mother’s Day weekend and next.

The Ruach has been undergoing extensive preparations for outreaches into Papua New Guinea. Volunteers with YWAM Ships Newcastle will soon sail to PNG to join the existing fleet of vessels operating with YWAM Ships.   

David Stephenson, Managing Director for YWAM Ships Newcastle, currently in PNG said the vessel is critical for bringing medical relief and training to the people.

“Our outreaches build capacity within the communities and give great hope as we work along side many Papuans; the lack of infrastructure within this beautiful nation makes ships one of their only options for reaching out to these isolated islands,” Mr. Stephenson said. “What an opportunity we have to partner long term with our nearest neighbours in PNG to deliver basic health care services.”

The Ruach will deliver primary health care, optometry, dentistry, vaccinations, medical supplies and training.  Medical kits and equipment specially designed for aid in remote villages will be on display as well as explanations of the medical care that will be provided.

The government of PNG has partnered with the non-profit YWAM Ships for the last six years as part of their national strategy in reaching its rural and remote citizens around the country with medical care.

Located at Queen’s Wharf, free tours will be running from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, May 13th and 20th, as well as on Sunday 1pm to 4pm, May 14th and 21st. All ages are welcome to join.

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