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Goodness and Mercy: back to Ghana

The day started early for volunteers with the Goodness and Mercy Foundation. Before the crack of dawn, they were up and making sure all their supplies were packed and ready to go. The day started early for volunteers with the Goodness and Mercy Foundation. Before the crack of dawn, they were up and making sure all their supplies were packed and ready to go.
You will get to see more of the Goodness and Mercy Foundation's trip back to the Konogo Village. You will get to see more of the Goodness and Mercy Foundation's trip back to the Konogo Village.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The day started early for volunteers with the Goodness and Mercy Foundation. Before the crack of dawn, they were up and making sure all their supplies were packed and ready to go. They taped and re-taped boxes holding precious medical supplies and slid them into the back of a van destined for the Savannah Hilton Head International Airport.

"We're very excited. We're nervous about it. We're really not sure what to expect there, but we're energized," said St. Joseph Candler President and CEO, Paul Hinchey.

Hinchey is a strong supporter of the foundation, donating equipment and supplies to them. But this time, he's going on his first mission overseas, as a volunteer.

"I think what we're all trying to do here, is go and do what we can in the limited time that we're there and try to make a difference in people's lives in a short period of time," said Hinchey.

This is not a vacation, he stressed, but a trip of a lifetime to help people who can't afford health care. The group will be heading back to the Konogo Village in Ghana to treat more than 3,000 people. It's a trip our own Dawn Baker took with the group almost two years ago.

The trip is Goodness and Mercy Founder, Dr. Eugene Nwosu's, eighth journey overseas. He looks forward to more medical missions like these in the future.

"Once you start doing this, you find out you actually start getting a lot more out of it than you give," said Dr. Nwosu. "It's a sacrifice worth doing."

Volunteers like Chris McKenzie and Beth Heape are eager to help as many people as they can, and hopefully make a difference.

"I just love the work," said Heape. "I just love helping people who have no other means of getting health care."

Chris said he's up to the challenge.

"It seems like a really big endeavor ,but it's something I think is worthwhile, a once in a life time experience," said McKenzie.

As the group said it's final goodbyes, hugging family members and heading toward the airport terminal, they were determined to turn their hopes into reality.

You will get to see more of the Goodness and Mercy Foundation's trip back to the Konogo Village.

Dawn Baker and WTOC Video journalist, Ricardo Thomas, will leave on Sunday for Ghana. We'll hear about their journey overseas in the coming weeks.

Reported by: Melanie A. Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com

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