Give a Smile Founders to say farewell
The Melbourne Congress, held in February, marks the farewell to Give a Smile by its Chair, Dr Ted Crawford, Treasurer, Dr John Armitage (Armo) and co-opted committee member Mrs Annette Bacash-Armitage.
Ted, Annette and Armo, founders of the concept of Give a Smile way back in 2002, have been involved in the planning, implementation and the running of the ASO’s pro bono charity ever since.
ASO’s Give a Smile was launched to the public in June 2005 and its success has been quite phenomenal. With some two-thirds of ASO members signed up to the program – and now with more than 1500 patients having received their treatment through GAS – the runs are on the board. Give a Smile also celebrated its significant 10 year milestone in June 2015.
Ted Crawford said, “It has been a wonderful time for all three of us. We have thoroughly enjoyed seeing the idea of providing pro bono orthodontic care to as many under-privileged Australian children as possible come to fruition. But more than anything it has been fantastic for the ASO, for specialist orthodontics and especially for all those kids who have benefitted from GAS.”
And there is a lot to be proud of. At present, there are more than 350 Give a Smile orthodontists right across Australia offering their unique skills to children in need – from Bunbury to Cairns and in between. The impressive support level of over 60% of all ASO orthodontists has resulted in a massive 10% reduction in public orthodontic waiting lists nation-wide. The work of Give a Smile orthodontists changes the lives of these young people – and this is the most crucial and valued aspect of the program.
Ted added, “Give a Smile has also enjoyed the support of the ASO, its members and many others too. But the time has come to move on and to leave this wonderful charitable program in the hands of the next generation. We sincerely trust that GAS continues its success. We will be pleased and proud to see that happen.”
We wish them well and thank them for their generous contribution and service to this important charity.