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Bumps, Babies and Buggies 17th / 18th June



May 30, 2011

- A coffee morning with a smile –

Would you like to catch up with friends, family and neighbours while giving a facially deformed child a smile which will change their world forever? This June, Operation Smile is looking to parents all around Ireland to host a coffee morning with the aim of changing many children’s lives.

Bumps, Babies and Buggies, June 17th & 18th, 2011 is a coffee morning with a difference. It is an opportunity to meet friends old and new, relax over a coffee and talk the baby talk, while at the same time raising funds to support Operation Smile’s efforts to provide surgery for children with facial deformity in the developing world.

More than 200,000 children are born globally with a cleft lip and/or palate facial deformity each year — often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. In Ireland, corrective surgery is easily available, but in many countries these vulnerable children are shunned and rejected. Without outside help, thousands of children with facial deformities worldwide will never have the medical care they need to live a normal life. It can take as little as 45 minutes and €240 to change a child’s life forever.

Operation Smile changes lives one smile at a time. Operation Smile Ireland is part of a global alliance of Operation Smile organisations working to serve children with facial deformity such as cleft lip and palate.

Since 1982, Operation Smile has provided free surgery to more than 160,000 children around the world with the help of dedicated medical volunteers. With a presence in over 60 countries, Operation Smile is able to change lives, one smile at a time. With the help of mums and dads around Ireland, how many more lives can be changed?

Paediatric dental surgeon and mother of two young children, Dr. Eleanor McGovern is behind ‘Bumps, Babies and Buggies’ and has worked with Operation Smile in countries such as Ecuador, Ethiopia, India, Kenya, Philippines and Russia.

According to Dr. McGovern, “As parents or expectant parents we understand the importance of feeding our babies. We appreciate the joy when our baby gives that first smile! How would we feel if our baby struggled with feeding because we could not access the care they needed? How would we feel if we knew our beautiful baby could have the surgery to make their face even more beautiful, but we could not afford it? Every infant born with a cleft lip and or palate should have access to all the care they need, regardless of where they are born.”

“Connecting with family and friends is the most natural thing in the world. We are inviting people to get together as friends, family, neighbours, toddler and other groups and to hold a coffee morning on June 17th or 18th, with the aim of raising enough money to change the life of many more children"

Author Marisa Mackle, who helped launch the event, commented, “Bumps Babies and Buggies is a great idea. It is easy to organise and a fantastic excuse for people to gather friends and neighbours together while raising money for a really worthwhile cause. Operation Smile’s volunteers change children’s lives and also save children’s lives.”

To get your ‘Bumps, Babies and Buggies’ coffee morning hosting pack, please email Eleanor at eleanor@operationsmile.ie or call 087 9670760 / 01 667 6659.

Funds raised will go to fund cleft lip/palate surgery for children in developing countries. Monies can be sent by cheque, bank deposit or online payment. For further information on Operation Smile, please log on to www.operationsmile.ie.

For further information, contact;

Maeve Kelly, Grapevine Communications,
Email: maeve@grapevinecommunications.ie
Tel: 087 6895930

Dr. Eleanor McGovern, Operation Smile
Email: eleanor@operationsmile.ie
Tel: 087 9670760 / 01 6676659



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