Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (September 1, 2016) — Porthole Cruise Magazine, the nation’s leading consumer cruise magazine, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, announces a new philanthropic effort in support of Mercy Ships, a global charity that operates a fleet of hospital ships in developing nations. For every new Porthole subscription purchased during the months of September and October, the magazine will donate a portion of the proceeds to the organization.
“Mercy Ships is doing amazing things for people in need around the world, and we are pleased to help contribute to those efforts,” said Bill Panoff, publisher and editor-in-chief of Porthole Cruise Magazine. “Factor in the connection with ships and the sea, and the choice to make the organization the recipient of this donation was an obvious one.”
Mercy Ships brings hope and healing to the world’s developing nations using hospital ships to transform individuals and serve nations, one at a time. A ship is the most efficient platform to deliver a state-of-the-art hospital to regions where clean water, electricity, medical facilities, and personnel is limited or nonexistent. With more than 50 percent of the world’s population living within 100 miles of the coast, Mercy Ships can reach more people in need of care.
“It is through the combined effort and partnership of many people that Mercy Ships is able to deliver free specialized surgeries to those in need. We applaud Porthole Cruise Magazine for their help to bring hope and healing to Africa,” commented Tracy Swope, Vice President of International Programs at Mercy Ships.
It’s not the first time Porthole has put forth philanthropic efforts such as this. In 2014, the same type of subscription effort donated proceeds to the Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic (LEX-NG) Fund, which supports projects that aim to protect the last wild places in the ocean, support innovative local projects, and facilitate conservation, research, education, and community development.
In addition, PPI Group, Porthole’s umbrella company, has made contributions to the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) Foundation, which is an avenue for the cruise industry to fund a range of humanitarian causes in the Caribbean, Central America, Mexico, and Colombia; has donated more than $1 million to cancer and heart disease research over the past decade through an annual charity golf tournament; and also contributes in various ways to local South Florida charities.
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The nation’s leading consumer cruise and travel magazine since 1996, Porthole Cruise Magazine features sophisticated cruise and travel editorial for savvy consumers worldwide. Expert writers and columnists cover ship reviews, the latest trends in cruise travel, destination features, and onboard cuisine, entertainment, innovations, spas, and more. Porthole Cruise Magazine is available in print and digital versions. Porthole.com
About Mercy Ships:
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class healthcare services, capacity building and sustainable development 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 $1.2 billion, treating more than 2.54 million direct beneficiaries. Each year Mercy Ships has more than 1,600 volunteers from 45 nations. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, healthcare trainers, teachers, cooks, seamen, engineers, and agriculturalists donate their time and skills to the effort. Mercy Ships seeks to transform individuals and serve nations one at a time. For more information click on www.mercyships.org
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