Mercy May

This May, join with Mercy Ships to help women in Africa by hosting a Mercy May event

How To Be A Host

Helping is easier than you think. Just get your friends together for a good time and support a great cause in the process. 

You can organise a fundraising event of any size - a cake sale, a backyard BBQ, a fashion show, a pyjama party, whatever you can think of - at any time throughout the month of May.

We will provide you with a Host Kit containing everything you need to host an event, such as a host guide, invitations, posters, a DVD, and other materials to help make your event a great success.

All funds raised will benefit the Mercy Ships Women's Health Program, providing free surgery to women in Africa suffering from  obstetric fistula and other gynaecological conditions.

Register to host a Mercy May fundraising event

Registration for Mercy May 2016 has now closed. Please check back next year to register your interest in hosting an event.

A Host's Story

Ian and Jan Smith from Kaniva, Victoria, participated in Mercy May in 2015 and have signed up to host an event again this year. So what inspired them to get involved?

"Having heard about the plight of women who become outcasts in their own culture and the work of Mercy Ships to restore dignity and hope we just wanted to get involved. Putting on a morning tea seemed a fun idea and with the help of Mercy Ships, who provided promotional material and ideas, the occasion was made even easier and more fun to organise. People who had never heard about Mercy Ships before were very appreciative of the event; and the scones, jam and cream. The main outcome however was that those who attended felt they had been given an opportunity to make a difference."

Tips for hosting your Mercy May fundraising event

1. Plan your event

Once you've decided on what type of event you're going to host, find a location and set a date.

2. Invite your friends

Use the invitations from our Host Kit and/or invite your friends via social media.

3. Host your event

Get everyone together and have a great time!

4. Collect any donations

An easy way to raise funds is to ask each of your guests for a specific donation amount, or let them donate at their discretion.

5. Bank your funds

Deposit funds raised at your local Westpac branch or via internet banking, then send back your paperwork.

Use the hashtag #MyMercyMay

1. Type the hashtag

In any social media post as a single word, without spaces, like this #MyMercyMay.

2. Place #MyMercyMay anywhere

At the beginning, in the middle, or at the end of a post.

3. Search for #MyMercyMay

Search for the hashtag on any social media platform to follow along with what other people are doing for their Mercy May event.

Downloads for Hosts

Invitation (A6)

Type your event info
into your invitations
before printing, or 
print and handwrite
your event info!

Event Poster (A4)

Type your event info
into your poster
before printing, or 
print and  handwrite
your event info!

Host Guide

Instructions and tips
making your
Mercy May
event a
great success!

Promotional Poster

Not able to host an
but want to
help out by
Mercy May to
others? Use this!

More Information

Our team is here to support you, so if you need help please get in contact by calling 1300 739 899 or email 

Donate today to save lives

Donate today to save lives

Your donations help provide FREE surgical operations and medical care to the poorest of the poor who cannot afford or do not have access to medical care