Lucy is raising money for Greenpeace by auctioning off a dinner with herself and two of her most prized artworks at a CharityBuzz auction (see Lucy's message and photos of the artwork). She is doing this to raise money for Greenpeace's new flagship - The Rainbow Warrior III. The Rainbow Warrior II has been retired from Greenpeace duties and will now serve as a hospital ship. Below is the press release and video from the event:
Amsterdam - Dhaka, 16 August 2011 -- At a ceremony in Singapore today, the iconic protest vessel, the Rainbow Warrior II was transferred to Friendship, a Bangladesh based NGO which will refit it for use as a hospital ship.
The Rainbow Warrior II first sailed for Greenpeace in 1989 and replaced the original Rainbow Warrior, after it was bombed and sunk by French Government agents, in Auckland harbour, in 1985.
After 22 years of traversing the world's oceans in defence of the environment, the ship will be renamed as Rongdhonu, Bengali for Rainbow. The ship will serve the coastal belt of Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal delivering primary and secondary medical assistance to some of the most vulnerable communities of the world, communities that have little or no access to basic health care facilities. The Rongdhonu will also serve as an emergency medical ship around the region, enabling Friendship to bring medical aid to those areas which are already experiencing the effects of climate change.
Greenpeace, however, will not be long without a Rainbow Warrior, as construction of a new Warrior, the third to bear the name, is nearly complete. The vessel will join the Greenpeace fleet in October as the organisation celebrates its 40th anniversary.
For more than two decades the Rainbow Warrior II has challenged the legal system and won, confronted environmental crimes, blocked shipments of illegal timber from the world’s rainforests, opposed nuclear weapons testing and sailed against over fishing, whaling, war, global warming, and other environmental crimes on every ocean. More recently, the Rainbow Warrior travelled to the waters off the coast of Fukushima and was used to carry out radiation sampling.
Friendship has worked for over a decade in Bangladesh, specialising in medical care and emergency relief. Currently it has two hospital ships. With cooperation of Friendship Luxembourg and Friendship Holland, Rongdhonu will be the third: its proud history campaigning for the environment will be turned towards health and human dignity.
Speaking at the hand over ceremony, Mike Fincken, Captain of the Rainbow Warrior II, quoted the Cree Indian prophecy from which the ship got its name: “There will come a time when the Earth grows sick and when it does a tribe will gather from all the cultures of the world who believe in deeds and not words. They will work to heal it...they will be known as the "Warriors of the Rainbow’.” Adding, “This ship has carried people from around the world and has stood as an icon of hope over pessimism and as an emblem of action over complacency, it is time to pass that task on."
Runa Khan of Friendship said, “The Rongdhonu’s primary goal would be to take up the baton and “Heal”. After decades of work in bringing global awareness to mankind’s consciousness, the Rainbow Warrior as Bangladesh’s Rongdhonu will bring relief during natural disaster and help ease the physical suffering and pain amongst communities which have no access to dependable healthcare. Friendship deeply believes ‘that no development intervention is possible when one is suffering’ and it is to ease such suffering, that the Warrior will strive to work towards, for its new life as the Rongdhonu.”
Following the inauguration of Rongdhonu, the ship will set sail to Bangladesh from Singapore and is expected to reach the Chittagong port during September 2011.