"Sailing with a greater purpose" has taken on a global perspective with the addition of Sea Mercy's "Give Sight & Light" program. Whether you are sailing in the Caribbean, Central or South America, Africa, India, or the South Pacific, blue water sailors will now have the opportunity to change the lives of the people they encounter at each stop. Making local friends has never been more rewarding.

You can't help but feel encouraged when one of the leading volunteer organizations in the South Pacific recognizes your programs by putting you on the front cover of their magazine as the lead story. Our thanks and best wishes to the 38,000 Rotarian members that serve in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific and look forward to working with you!

Thank you Matson Foundation! Matson has been a wonderful partner and supporter of Sea Mercy and our programs in the South Pacific (see below). We are so grateful for their continued support and belief in our organization and volunteers and in other organizations they support across the South Pacific.

With our last rotation of 2016 ending in October and the cyclone season beginning, we wanted to put a beautiful year ending bow on the 3rd year of our program and share with our volunteers, partners, sponsors and followers the impact that they have had in the South Pacific and what is in store for 2017 and beyond.

The greatest need on the remote islands of the South Pacific is not for an effective and consistent Dental Care delivery program (Sea Mercy has it), it’s finding dental professionals willing to help deliver it. Due to low pay and opportunities, there is a huge talent drain (migration) of dental professionals from the island nations to first world countries. We need your help!

I just returned from a 2 week rotation in the Southern Lau Islands of Fiji on the sailing vessel Dragonfly. I can honestly say it is one of the best experiences of my life. I felt like I was in a National Geographic special. I loved almost everything about the trip, the people, the sailing, the food and all the experiences I encountered. We were a group of 5 volunteers and 2 health ministry staff members.

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