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You Should Seriously Try to Name the Red Cross's New Rescue Ship

Boaty McBoatface is already taken.
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Does naming a ship make you a good person, an honest humanitarian even? Well, in this case you’d have to be, since only Red Cross Volunteers have a say in what the Philippine Red Cross’s first ambulance and disaster response ship will be called.

Of course, being a volunteer is a noble endeavor, so don’t let the effort of signing up stop you from proposing a worthy name for a ship that will be instrumental in rescuing people after large-scale disasters like Yolanda.


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The new PRC ship, which is currently docked in Subic Bay, only needs a maximum of six crew members, and can be used to evacuate one thousand people, as well as bring in much-needed humanitarian aid to inaccessible disaster-struck areas.  

You can join the hunt for the Red Cross Ship’s new name on their Facebook page. But if your creative ship-naming juices are already flowing, feel free to give us your suggestions in our comments section.


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The PRC’s criteria are originality, relevance and impact, and the proposed name must be female in form, potentially inspired by a PRC heroine.

You want to know if there’s a prize involved for choosing the winning name? We had assumed you’d do it to support the PRC’s mission, but yes, there’s a special prize and the winner will be invited to the ship’s grand launch.

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