Help Someone Smile This Christmas

There is nothing better than seeing someone with a big happy smile on their face is there? Yet it isn’t always as easy as making them laugh. Cleft lips and palates are something we in this country consider a fairly minor and easily treatable problem. But if you live somewhere where free medical treatment is not accessible, it is not so easy to resolve. Not only can it effect the confidence and the future prospects of a child, it can in some cases also cause ongoing medical problems.

Habimana – before and after

Operation Smile is an international medical charity who since being founded in 1982 have carried out over 200,000 free operations on children and young adults with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities. They also train local healthcare professionals and donate supplies to help local communities be able to treat from within.

The Overtones in Rwanda – read all about their trip here.

The band The Overtones went to Rwanda in September to visit one of Operation Smiles medical projects, and were so moved by what they saw they wanted to do more to help. Their response was to record a special charity single, ‘Smile’, to raise funds. It is now available to purchase on iTunes for £1.99 and includes the song, the video, and two festive bonus tracks- ‘Winter Wonderland’ and ‘White Christmas’. For every 75 singles sold, a smile will be brought to a child’s face in 2014. I know it isn’t my normal rock style of music, but those boys can croon a Christmas song with the spirit of the Rat Pack and I love a bit of that retro vibe at this time of year! Visit here to download the special EP and help bring a child a smile this Christmas.

What a lovely bunch of chaps!

Love Miss Cisco XXX



  1. December 18, 2013 / 9:41 am

    A very worthy cause! The son of friends was born with a cleft palate and we know how lucky he was to get such excellent treatment. The work they are doing is amazing!

  2. December 18, 2013 / 10:03 am

    Ah that’s great -good on them! Off to listen now x

  3. gidders1
    December 18, 2013 / 12:09 pm

    Brilliant cause, off to share it!

  4. otilia stocks
    December 18, 2013 / 12:46 pm

    Lovely way to spread the love at Christmas! I gave away the money to a local charity and for the first time ever these children with disabilities will get Christmas presents so i am quite pleased.

  5. RedTedArt
    December 18, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Such a great cause to support!

  6. Little Lilypad Co
    December 18, 2013 / 2:32 pm

    Operation Smile is a fantastic name for a great cause!

  7. Liz Burton
    December 18, 2013 / 4:47 pm

    Ahh this post really meant a lot to me. My nephew was born with a cleft lip and he’s had an operation now so it’s barely noticeable. It’s so sad that this kind of choices isn’t available to everyone. We also sponsor a little lad in Rwanda and are just in the process of writing to him after getting a letter from him last week.

    Such a fabulous cause, I’m going to buy the single x

  8. Jennifer Jain
    December 18, 2013 / 6:08 pm

    What a great cause, something that really makes a difference.

  9. December 18, 2013 / 8:02 pm

    i had never heard of this cause before and to have carried out so many free operations. amazing x

  10. Pinkoddy
    December 18, 2013 / 8:58 pm

    What a great way to help support a worthy caue.

  11. Actually Mummy...
    December 19, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    Ah it’s a lovely thing to highlight at Christmas – hope it brings in lots of support for them x

  12. Si Sagor
    December 24, 2013 / 6:36 pm

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