October 1, 2014 - Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal launched Jubilee Hope (ex-RMAS Dunster) as part of a tour of our projects across Tanzania where she is meeting people who will benefit from the ship’s medical services and vulnerable children supported by our children’s centres. In her speech at a dinner in Mwanza, Tanzania she said:
“This is a huge achievement launched as a special initiative for Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee. There were a number of Diamond Jubilee Projects, but few that will reach such a number of people.
“Connecting people to change lives is at the heart of Vine Trust, and through this project we are connecting more people.
“I hope everyone involved feels proud of being a part of changing lives and will continue their involvement in the future. Vine Trust involve people for the common good and tonight will engender more discussion for the future.”
At the dinner, Michael van Anen of Anglo Gold Ashanti’s Geita Gold Mine signed and presented HRH the Princess Royal with a partnership agreement to provide fuel and maintenance for the Jubilee Hope for the next 5 years. Jubilee Hope will be operated by our Tanzanian partners AICT, who were also a signatory to the agreement.
Willie McPherson, our CEO, speaking of the project, said “I’m delighted with the optimism and good will that Jubilee Hope is being greeted by within the Lake Zone of Tanzania and the wide support amongst those concerned with the provision of primary health care in the island communities. On behalf of everyone at Vine Trust, I’d like to thank the Princess Royal for travelling to Tanzania, launching the Jubilee Hope Project and for her continuing support as Patron of Vine Trust.”
Jubilee Hope is the third medical ship we have launched to benefit remote communities in developing countries. As Jubilee Hope begins its work on Lake Victoria, its sister ships treat their one-millionth patient on the Peruvian Amazon.