Earlier this year, Michelle White began a fundraising project called The Hunger Challenge. This involved completing her first half Iron Man challenge on only poverty rations. It was to raise awareness about the problems of food insecurity in the world.
She completed the challenge successfully, and was able to meet her fundraising target. The funds raised were to enable her to take up service on the Mercy Ships.
Since 1978, Mercy Ships has been delivering free, world-class healthcare services to the most poverty stricken and forgotten forgotten people in developing nations.
White has been on the Mercy ships for several months now, and they have just docked in Cape Town.
Speaking to Pippa Hudson, White says it has always been her dream to work on Mercy Ships. She says the reward of community service is worth every sacrifice she has made.
Sometimes it can be so much more rewarding to live for other people than to live for your own gains.— Michelle White, physiotherapist
White spoke about the Mercy Ships and the health services they offer. She says it is a floating hospital, taking health care to places where it is not available, free of charge.
She was based on a ship in Madagascar.
The patients we were treating, most of their conditions were treatable. They had huge tumors or skew legs and burn scars.— Michelle White, physiotherapist
These are things we may not see in South Africa or in the developing world, but because these countries have poor health care systems they cant afford this kind of surgery.— Michelle White, physiotherapist
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