|P&O Pacific Partnership Expands Reach in South Pacific with Two New Programs After $1m Raised in Contributions|
The 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 years.
Building 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 Australia.
Both 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 Solomons.
In 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.
Many children in the Solomon Islands do not have access to early childhood education and development services, and enter school underprepared, often leading to longer term issues.
"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.
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.
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 in Australia.
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Contact: Libby Moffet/Christine Allen
MG Media Communications
Ph: 02 9904 0011 0418 310 191