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Improve the world one smile at a time this World Smile Day

Hike up Table Mountain for corrective cleft lip and palate surgery
Ambassadors, David Grier & Andrew Stuart
Ambassadors, David Grier & Andrew Stuart
Join Operation Smile ambassadors, David Grier and Andrew Stuart, on World Smile Day (Friday 5 October) with a hike up Table Mountain to raise funds for corrective cleft lip and palate surgery. At the summit, you'll be part of creating a unique "human smile".

Not only will the event help to put a smile on a child's face, you'll also end off with a smile thanks to those feel-good exercise endorphins.

The group will be departing from the base of Platteklip Gorge at 6am, with the aim to watch sunrise and create the smile at the summit around sunrise. It's a case of "the more the merrier", so encourage your (moderately fit) friends and family to join this great cause. Remember to wear comfortable walking shoes and bring along a headlamp.

World Smile day is a global event when people help to "improve the world, one smile at a time". "I can't think of a more appropriate manner and day to tell South Africans and the rest of the world that we're striving for a world in which everyone is able to smile," said Grier. Through numerous epic adventures, such as running the entire length of the Great Wall of China or across India, Grier has helped to increase awareness for Miles for Smiles - a Cipla Foundation initiative - which raises funds for corrective surgeries.

Operation Smile South Africa is a medical non-profit organisation dedicated to providing safe, effective and timeous surgery to children and adults born with cleft lip and/or palate. "World Smile Day is very special to us as it's an opportunity to acknowledge the amazing work done so far, but more importantly, to look forward to a world where all people have access to surgery and the right to a smile," said Operation Smile South Africa country manager Lauren Bright.

OSSA recently returned from a medical mission to Quelamane, Mozambique, where together with a team of volunteers they brought life-changing surgeries to 76 patients in just four and a half days. "This is just the tip of the iceberg, there are many more patients in Mozambique, South Africa and across the continent that need our help and we won't stop until they all have a new smile," said Grier.

Where: Meet at Platteklip Gorge, at the foot of Table Mountain
When: Friday, 5 October - World Smile Day
Time: 6am
Cost: R50

1 Oct 2018 17:18

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