- Wednesday, May 13, 2009
With a glittering ceremony in London on May 6, 2009, Don and Deyon Stephens, founders of the world's largest hospital ship charity, were honored with the Humanitarian of the Year award from the Variety Club.
Following this passion to help the world's poorest of the poor for over 30 years, Don Stephens commitment was evidenced by his comments when receiving this honor.
"In challenging economic times which affect us all, the worlds poorest suffer even more... Medical care, both primary and surgical, are scarce commodities and when they do exist are often far beyond the financial reach of the poor. Mercy Ships® offers hope and healing to the world's poorest. On behalf of the world's poor and our dedicated professional volunteers, it is an honor to be considered for this award."
While impossible to ever capture all the stories of changed lives and renewed futures that are made possible through Mercy Ships®, Don and Deyon Stephens are individuals who overflow with dedication to these people. Their story is the story of the forgotten poor.
"Don and Deyon Stephens have an incredible vision to serve the forgotten poor of the world and have tirelessly worked for over 30 years to make this vision a reality. The impact of their work has been felt the world over and people are alive today thanks to the great work provided by Mercy Ships® volunteers...They deserve to be placed among the great humanitarians that have previously been so honored," said Sam Smith, CEO of Mercy Ships®.
Previous winners of the Humanitarian of the Year award include Sir Winston Churchill, Audrey Hepburn, Sir Alexander Flemming and Dr. Albert Schweitzer. The honor was presented by TRH Prince and Princess Michael of Kent.
Mercy Ships® is a global charity providing developing countries with free medical and surgical service by operating the world's largest, non-governmental hospital staffed with volunteer doctors, nurses, engineers and agriculturists. It also helps local communities develop sustainable water, sanitation and education programs.
For more information, contact Pauline Rick at: RickP@Mercyships.org
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