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South Bay

Ship Of Mercy

April 26, 1996

To commemorate the second anniversary of democratic elections in South Africa, a local relief organization and a group of entertainment industry professionals packed a 10-ton container in Wilmington full of medical supplies Thursday that will be shipped to the Province of the Eastern Cape.

Artists for a New South Africa, founded by actors Alfre Woodard and C.C.H. Pounder, joined forces with Operation USA to send the supplies to one of South Africa's poorest regions and home to many political activists, including Nelson Mandela. The shipment contains items such as syringes, operating tables and sterilizers.

The $75,000 worth of medical equipment was donated to Operation USA through solicitations, and funds for the shipment were raised through T-shirt sales at the Hard Rock Cafe.

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