H.E. Mr Mark Kent, British Ambassador to Thailand; Abhisit Vejjajiva, former Prime Minister of Thailand; and Patrick Vickers, Captain Schooner Ixdos
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.
The previous week was a very lively week for all of us. We’ve had a great enjoyable
event happening. The students of BISP Primary Years 1 and 2 have been supporting us
by helping to raise funds in order to build the ship. A big thank you for all the donations
we’ve received! Every single Baht is capable of saving lives and making dreams come
The primary students split up into many teams to paddle our dinghy in the swimming
pool. Their goal was 100 lengths but they managed a wonderful 226 lengths in total!
Thank you all for such a tremendous effort and thanks to everyone for all the hard
work. This brings nearer our dream of giving vaccinations to deprived islanders.
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.
Our schooner has been moved to British International School Phuket (BISP) so that high school students and the school community can be more intensively involved in finishing this important project.
CLICK | See how the ship was moved.
MissionShip started with one man’s vision. Patrick Vickers tells how small beginnings can lead to great results.
“I’ve been sailing since a teenager and also served in the Navy. While working in Papua New Guinea for the Ministry of Health, I learned about children dying in isolated communities due to lack of vaccination.”
“This inspired me to start building a schooner that could be used in vaccination campaigns. It has been a long project and still ongoing but with help of donations we will be able to support UNICEF and other organisations in their campaigns soon.”
About 30 million children in the world are not immunised. Every minute 20 children die from common diseases because they have not been properly vaccinated.
“The schooner is important in order to keep the vaccine cold chain unbroken. The vaccines need to be stored in the cold at all stages of transportation. The schooner will have special freezers to make sure the vaccines are kept at optimum temperature.”
British International School IB CAS students are helping to smooth the surface of the ship so it will be seaworthy.