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.