Singapore, Wednesday 6 November 2019: Louis Dreyfus Company (LDC) has announced its support for Mercy Ships, a global charity which manages the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship that has been bringing medical services and supplies to developing countries since 1978.
As a participant in this year’s Mercy Ships Cargo Day which falls today, LDC and a partner shipbroker will collectively donate a sum of about US$20,000 from their commissions on a designated cargo (“Mercy Cargoes”). An annual event, Mercy Ships Cargo Day aims to galvanise the international shipping and trading community to raise funds for the organisation’s mission through donations from Mercy Cargoes.
As a further show of support, LDC will also be joining the Mercy Ships committee in Singapore, comprising industry players who come together several times a year to promote awareness of Mercy Ships and increase participation in its annual Cargo Day.
Alain Wuersch, LDC’s Tanker Freight Manager says, “By harnessing our role as an active leading player in the global sea freight industry, we are heartened to be able to contribute towards the fulfilment of Mercy Ships’ vision to “bring hope and healing” to those without medical access in the developing world. We are looking forward to working with our industry peers to raise greater support for this meaningful cause and at the same time, advance LDC’s commitment to help improve the lives of communities in need around the world.”
“Mercy Ships works to solve the global surgery crisis, serving people in tremendous need. 9 out of 10 people in the nations we serve do not have access to safe, affordable or timely surgery. In the last 40 years Mercy Ships has helped over 2.7 million people. Every year, more than 440 volunteer crew from over 40 nations serve at any given time onboard the Africa Mercy.
“We are very grateful for the volunteer service of our crew, partnering with the generous support of the Louis Dreyfus Company, enabling Mercy Ships to save even more lives. Thank you for your partnership with the Cargo Day initiative, we are truly stronger together.” Alan Burrell, Managing Director Mercy Ship Australia, Asia and Dubai.
About Mercy Ships
Mercy Ships uses hospital ships to deliver free, world-class health care services, capacity building and sustainable development aid to those without access in the developing world. Founded in 1978, Mercy Ships has worked in more than 70 countries providing services valued at more than $1.3 billion, with more than 2.56 million direct beneficiaries. Each year, more than 1,200 volunteers from over 40 nations serve with Mercy Ships. Professionals including surgeons, dentists, nurses, health care 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. Mercy Ships Australia, one of 16 international support offices, is based on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. For more information, visit www.mercyships.org.au
About Louis Dreyfus Company
Louis Dreyfus Company is a leading merchant and processor of agricultural goods. We leverage our global reach and extensive asset network to serve our customers and consumers around the world, delivering the right products to the right location, at the right time – safely, responsibly and reliably. Our activities span the entire value chain from farm to fork, across a broad range of business lines (platforms). Since 1851 our portfolio has grown to include Grains & Oilseeds, Coffee, Cotton, Juice, Rice, Sugar, Freight and Global Markets. We help feed and clothe some 500 million people every year by originating, processing and transporting approximately 80 million tons of products. Structured as a matrix organization of six geographical regions and eight platforms, Louis Dreyfus Company is active in over 100 countries and employs approximately 18 000 people globally. For more information, visit www.ldc.com and follow us on Twitter and LinkedIn.
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