From everyone at Give a Smile we wish you all a happy and prosperous 2016.
It’s that time of year again when our Give a Smile representatives across the nation drop in on the latest post-grads to let them know about the role of Give a Smile in an effort to encourage these young orthodontists to get behind the program. Dr Dan Vickers accompanied by ASO CEO Michelle Cutler met with University of Sydney post-graduate students to talk discuss the ASO, it’s various committees and activities as well as how to become a Give a Smile orthodontist. As always these types of events provide a great opportunity for students to give feedback about their hopes and concerns for the future and for the students to be better informed about the ASO and how they can be more fully involved with their professional society, which includes being part of Give A Smile. We hope some of these smiles will join us to keep the legacy of Give a Smile going strong.
Give a Smile has had a huge 2015 not only due to the celebration of our 10th birthday but also for reaching a significant milestone as our 1500th patient has just commenced treatment.
Jazmin Green is so grateful for the opportunity to become our 1500th recipient with the work being undertaken by Dr Jon Skilton in Sydenham, Victoria. Jazmin is currently reticent to smile as she is self-conscious about her protruding teeth and overbite. Over the next two years we will watch closely as Jazmin’s transformation takes place.
It seems like only yesterday that our first patient, Emma, was starting her own journey towards a great new smile. But now, 10 years on with and with another 1499 kids with a new smile or on their way, we’d like to again thank everyone who is involved in making Give a Smile an ongoing success and changing the lives of so many Australian kids in need.
Thanks to Dr Richard Hammond who fielded a team for the Pub 2 Pub Charity Fun Run and Walk, an event organised by the Rotary Club of Brookvale to raise funds for local and other needy charities.
The annual event is a 14.5km run/walk, finishing at Newport SLSC (it was the Newport Arms in previous years) and this year it also featured a new 3km event starting from the Mona Vale SLSC.
Roger, his daughter and two longest serving (and oldest) staff members braved the rain and slogged out the Pub 2 Pub in full Give a Smile regalia. The more mature staff members walked and talked/ ran and talked/talked and talked all the way arriving in fine spirit and looking like they could do it again.
Roger and his daughter had a great time at the beginning but came to the realisation that they are more water based than land based animals especially when it comes to running the last few kilometres. Nevertheless, apparently it was nothing a nice gozleme and a Sunday drink at beautiful Newport beach couldn’t fix.
All enjoyed a wonderful day and were certainly noticed in the brand new bright red GAS hats and shirts promoting the fantastic initiative of our blessed profession. The race started with an 800m sand start from the Dee Why Surf Club and winds its way via the back streets along the beaches providing the participants with some spectacular scenery along the way. Thanks again to the team who helped to highlight the work of Give a Smile through their participation.
After the success of our post-graduate engagement sessions last year, we have continued this initiative this year, kicking off with Ted Crawford meeting and speaking with the post-grads from the Orthodontic Department of the University of Melbourne. As usual the participants were eager to learn more about how to become involved in Give a Smile and shared a variety of comments in response to the presentation. Thank you to those who attended the session and we look forward to welcoming some or all of you as a Give a Smile orthodontist in the future.
“Give A Smile is an amazing endeavour which enriches not only the life of the patient, but also that of the orthodontist.” Dr. Adam Chen
“Joining GAS as an orthodontist is a no-brainer. The positive impact we can bring to someone else’s life is well worth it!” Dr. Annie Tong
“Give a smile, a gift that keeps on giving” Dr. Arjun Atresh
“Looking forward to treating my first GAS case. Can’t think of a better way to use our skills for a good cause.” Dr. Aidan McKeever
“Give a Smile, why wouldn’t you?” Dr. Andrew McKenzie
“Everyone deserves a beautiful smile!” Dr. Yunlong Kang
“Give a smile, for it is in giving that we receive!” Dr. Michael Zhao
“Thanks for the information on such a worthwhile charity i look forward to being involved” Dr. Anna Scott
“I will definitely sign up for Give A Smile” Dr. Simon Deall
“Share the gift of a beautiful smile” Dr. Shiva Senathirajah
The charitable work of Give a Smile, while important, usually won’t make a front page of a newspaper or be featured on the 6pm news bulletin. But all the support we gain from stories shared across your newsletters, through your networks and by bringing to life our Smile Stories, we help build an awareness of the role we play in making Australian kids in need feel better about themselves through the orthodontic services we provide to them.
So much so that the Prime Minister, the Hon. Tony Abbott, has written to us to acknowledge our work and congratulate us on our 10th anniversary. It’s a reminder to us and all our GAS orthodontics that our work is valued and an important part of the fabric of our communities.
Thanks to the ADA Victorian Branch for featuring our 10th Anniversary Celebrations on the cover of their latest edition with a great story to support it inside its pages. We always say it – it’s this type of extended coverage that helps us continue the great work of Give a Smile for so many Australian kids. So to everyone, keep spreading the word!
Meet young Jack, who came to Give a Smile with a massive protrusion of his upper front teeth. He was being regularly teased at school and was a very shy kid before he commenced his orthodontic treatment through Give a Smile. That is all slowly changing. We look forward to seeing how he looks – and how he feels – after his treatment.
It is always wonderful get feedback from the people and communities that Give a Smile assists. We are particularly proud of our association with Yalari, a not-for-profit organisation that offers quality, secondary education scholarships at leading Australian boarding schools for Indigenous children from regional, rural and remote communities.
It was great to recently receive the following acknowledgement from our colleagues at Yalari mentioning the work of Dr Stephen Duncan with Give a Smile recipients, Makayla and Kaleesha, who attend Kinross Wolaroi School. It reaffirms the reach of Give a Smile, ensuring children from rural and regional areas can also benefit from the charitable work provided by our Give a Smile orthodontists.
We’d like to thank everyone who has featured stories about our recent 10th Anniversary celebrations. Your important contribution through the sharing of our news and stories helps bring awareness about the work of Give a Smile, the kids we help and the role of Give a Smile orthodontists in making is all possible.
Here’s just one of the featured stories recently run by the West Australian branch of the Australian Dental Association in their ‘Western Articulator’ publication.