Ignite Travel Group have raised an outstanding $25,000 donation for global charity Mercy Ships, with Founder and Managing Director Randall Deer presenting the cheque on-stage at Saturday’s CLIA Awards. Raised through a company-wide fundraising campaign driven through My Cruises, the donation will bring life-saving medical care to developing nations through the incredible work of Mercy Ships volunteers.

Mercy Ships is a global charity operating hospital ships in third-world countries, bringing hope and healing to the forgotten poor by mobilising medical volunteers and resources worldwide. Since launching in 1978, Mercy Ships have changed the lives of 2.6 million people who live without access to first-rate medical care.

Speaking at the CLIA Awards, Ignite Travel Group Founder and Managing Director Randall Deer noted the company were proud to be making an impact by supporting such a worthy organisation.

“As our charity of choice for this financial year, we hope to not only raise funds but increase awareness of the life-saving aid Mercy Ships volunteers bring to those in need,” Mr Deer said.

“Aligning to the foundation is something that’s close to our hearts, this money will see people in need receive a chance at life, whether that be surgery, medical assistance or health education – this is a global issue that deserves a wave of support from the industry and we’re proud to be lending our voice to the cause.”

The company were nominated for three awards on the night, with My Cruises consultant Bryan Andersen taking home the honour of Rising Star (Australia), and My Cruises placing as a finalist in Agency Promotion of the Year and Cruise Consultant of the Year, recognising esteemed consultant Grant Gibson.

Ignite Travel Group will continue holding raffle and fundraising events throughout the financial year, with all money raised going towards life-saving medical procedures and healthcare for those in developing nations. The campaign is supported by ITG’s supplier network, with MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, Royal Caribbean International and Uniworld Boutique River Cruises onboard as prize sponsors.