International president of Save the Children, Her Royal Highness Princess Anne, visited the South Pacific island nation of Vanuatu to receive an update on the P&O Pacific Partnership scheme, currently helping fund education and health projects in the region.
The P&O Pacific Partnership with Save the Children was formed nearly two years ago to help the habitants of the South Pacific islands and has generated more than $500,000 in donations already. This money has helped fund the construction of two kindergartens and an aid post. Additionally, the scheme has contributed $270,000 to an aid dispensary on the small island of Aneityum – providing a wide range of health services for the local community.
The village of Siviri on Vanuatu turned out to welcome the Princess before she was escorted to Vila to meet Carnival Australia Corporate Communications Manager David Jones. Mr Jones said it was a thrill to have Princess Anne meet some of the children who have benefits from the scheme and presented her with handmade blankets and a Born to Knit kit.
The Born to Knit kits are just one of the incentives from the P&O Pacific Partnership scheme, which passengers can purchase on board P&O Cruises to help create blankets for new born babies at the Vila Central Hospital.
Mr Jones enthused: “With such enormous growth in cruising in the region in recent years, P&O Cruises made a commitment to engage in sustainable cruise tourism to protect environments and cultures in this special part of the world.
“The P&O Pacific Partnership with Save the Children is very close to our hearts but even more importantly it has been embraced by our passengers. Our guests often made it clear that they wanted to help the island communities who effectively welcome them to their homes.
“As a result of the partnership, each adult guest contributes a dollar through their on-board accounts and we have seen this fund grow quite quickly to more than half a million dollars.
“P&O Cruises values its association with Save the Children and the way it has helped us to honour our commitment to the people of the South Pacific.”
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