Our mission ship booth at PIMEX with Mission Hospital, Phuket was an amazing experience.
Our IB CAS team together with Duke of Edinburgh International Award students helped put together the presentation of our project and their presence at the exhibit drew attention to their devotion to this project in which children are personally engaged in constructing a little ship to travel far and wide taking vaccines to island peoples lacking medical facilities.
The nurses from Mission Hospital carried out basic health checks on numerous visitors. At one stage they treated an emergency case when a visitor was overcome by the heat and lost consciousness.
Central to our booth was the large life size model of mast, sail and rigging from Rolly Tasker, Phuket. This was a constant reminder of our major need to complete the costruction of Schooner Ixdos.
Our wheel, binnacle and compass, kindly donated by O.B.Wetzel, Scott Bradley, and Captain Scott were on display together with the anchor-dragging warning invention by one of our CAS students, Peter Jensen.
The model of Schooner Ixdos created by renowned Phuket model boat builder, Tossaphon Chintana, which usually resides in our Headmaster’s study, was on prominent display.
Numerous UNICEF posters drew attention to the health needs of children which are the raison d’être of our mission.
A very big thank you to all the visitors who sought to encourage our determined endeavours and helped us raise 20,000Baht towards its completion.
My name is Paul Preen and I am teaching at the British International School. I have competed in several triathlons and cycling races around the world raising money for many charities over the years. However, this year I plan to focus on running. I will be competing in three marathons in order to raise money for just one charity. My first marathon will be in Tokyo on 22 February, followed by Phuket and then Bangkok. All the money raised will go towards buying the sails and masts needed for the Schooner IXDOS to set sail from Phuket on a mission of hope. I am hoping that my efforts this year will get the ship finished so lives can be saved sooner than later.
H.E. Mr Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand; Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister of Thailand; and Patrick Vickers, Captain Schooner Ixdos
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We will be implementing solar cells which can produce 100 watts of electricity enough to drive an electric pump. It will also be used to charge batteries on the ship.
We are very thankful to the BISP primary school for their cooperation and especially the Year 1s and 2s who have successfully helped us raised the funds at the pool in February 2015. We also thank IB CAS & Octopus and Boat Lagoon.
Our mission is to reach isolated communities to promote health and provide basic health services, such as vaccinations.
For the last ten years we have been building the Schooner Ixdos in Phuket, Thailand. The ship will be equipped with a mother and child health clinic, including appropriate trained staff and technology, and will be able to have access to remote islands, and inlets that are otherwise difficult to reach by land.
As soon as the schooner is finished we are starting our first campaigns to provide vaccines to islands in Thailand and Myanmar. NGOs and charities like MissionShip play an important role in vaccination campaigns around the world.