P&O Pacific Partnership is expanding its reach in the South Pacific with
two new community programs, after surpassing a milestone of one million dollars
in voluntary contributions from passengers and special donations in only four
on previous funding of health posts and kindergartens in Vanuatu, the two new
projects are aimed at assisting women and young children in Papua New Guinea
and the Solomon Islands, working in conjunction with Save the Children
PNG and the Solomons receive regular cruise calls by P&O Cruises' ships. In 2017 alone, 11 P&O cruises will visit Papua New
Guinea, with three of those cruises visiting Gizo Island and Honiara in the
PNG particularly, there is a pressing need to improve health outcomes for
mothers and children. The maternal
mortality rate there is 30 times greater than in Australia with its highly
developed health services. Only 40 per cent of newborn deliveries are assisted
by a skilled birth attendant in PNG, with the rates declining further in more
rural areas of the country.
The new Newborn Baby and Birthing Kits Project in PNG encourages mothers to
have their babies delivered at health centres by helping to cover health
facility medical fees and providing essential supplies such as infant care
items and mosquito nets to combat the transmission of malaria to newborn babies.
In the Solomon Islands, P&O Cruises is now supporting the Solomons Early
Childhood Development Project, which integrates child protection with
community-based early childhood interventions to ensure children grow up in
protective environments that enable them to realise their full potential.
children in the Solomon Islands do not have access to early childhood education
and development services, and enter school underprepared, often leading to longer
"Launching two new projects in the P&O
Pacific Partnership is testament to the support and engagement of the thousands
of guests who sail with us each year. It's thanks to our passengers that we're
able to assist even more communities that we visit," P&O Cruises President
Sture Myrmell said.
one dollar contributions made via passengers' onboard accounts are relatively
modest but when these contributions are combined they become a powerful force
to make a big difference where it matters most."
first formed its Pacific Partnership with Save the Chidlren in 2013.
"Since the partnership began, P&O passengers have helped to
construct two new kindergartens and build or rehabilitate six health posts in
Vanuatu, significantly improving the educational and health outcomes for many
children and their families,"
said Save the Children's Vanuatu Country Director Georgia Tacey.
fundraising projects will help to make a huge difference to the lives of
pregnant women and provide primary and secondary aged school children with
opportunities for a brighter future."
directly contribute to the work carried out through an automatic $1 donation to
their onboard account. This donation is for guests over the age of 18 on all
cruises. Guests can choose to opt out of the program if they wish – or donate
more, through the onboard donation boxes.
In addition, the Navigational chart from each voyage is auctioned at the end of
every cruise with all proceeds also going to Save the Children.
About P&O Cruises
Sailing local waters for almost 85 years, P&O is Australia and New
Zealand's only homegrown cruise line and the largest cruise operator in the
region, offering a fleet of five ships cruising year round from eight home
ports in Australia, New Zealand and Singapore. With a contemporary look and
feel, P&O's ships carry more than 460,000 guests a year on great value
holidays. Itineraries range from short getaways and cruises exploring the
Australian coast to longer holidays to the South Pacific and exotic
destinations such as Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Asia. In
June 2017 P&O Cruises will welcome its latest ship, Pacific Explorer, while
in 2019 it will take delivery of its largest ever ship, a 3000-guest,
113,000-tonne vessel which will be the biggest ship ever to be based full time
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