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Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2019

Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2019 

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About Blackmores Sydney Running Festival 2019

Smile for Me is pleased to partner with the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival again to raise much needed money for our surgical missions in Cebu in the Philippines. Each year the Smile for Me team travels to the Philippines to operate on children with Cleft Lips & Cleft Palates. The team provides free, safe surgery for children & families that would not normally have access to the surgery. Smile for Me operates on approx. 80 children each year. Smile for Me is run only by the volunteer doctors & nurses who operate on the children each year. In this way all of the money raised goes directly to helping the children.

Without the surgery to correct the Cleft Lip the children have difficulty feeding & can be malnourished. Without the follow up Cleft Palate surgery the children will have difficulty forming sounds, so have difficulty speaking & being understood. This can make it challenging to attend school or they may not even get to go to school. Many are bullied & suffer low self esteem.

The operations we perform are simple & can be undertaken for just $440 per child. This surgery is life changing but we need your help so we can help the children. We are a small local charity made up of doctors & nurses from Prince of Wales Private Hospital in Randwick. We receive no government funding & love being involved in this positive, fun event. It is always such a fantastic day & the event is the most picturesque fun run in Australia.

Help us help the children & join the Smile for Me team in the Blackmores Sydney Running Festival this year. If you want to know more about our organisation please go to our website (link below) or our Facebook Page (link below) for more details. Or alternatively you can call Mandy on 0424977736 for more information. Remember it only takes $440 to change a child's life forever & Help us Help the children.

About Smile for Me

Why Smile for Me?

Cleft deformities are most common in the developing world, especially in Asian populations.

In the Philippines 1-2 in every 1000 children are born with a cleft deformity.

There are not enough Filipino surgeons to be able to meet the demands of a population that is riddled with cleft deformities, & therefore many families turn to foreign medical missions to fill the gaps in their health system.

Help improve the lives of children in the Philippines born with cleft lip & cleft palate deformities

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