What could be more joyful than a child’s smile at Christmas?
What could be more heartwarming than knowing you put it there?
Cycle for us
Cycling for charity is a heartwarming tradition of the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Over the past five years, nearly R50 million has been raised for worthy causes like Operation Smile.
Cycle for us – and help give a child born with cleft lip or cleft palate the gift of a brand new smile.
Every 3 minutes …
… a child is born somewhere in the world with a cleft condition. In first world countries, corrective surgery is usually done within the first 18 months of life. But in Southern Africa, where safe surgery is not always freely available or accessible, a child may have to wait years for the chance to live a normal life.
What happens if cleft conditions are left untreated?
Change despair to hope
Depending on the severity, cleft conditions can be repaired in just 45 minutes. Your donation makes new smiles possible.
You don’t have to act as if you care
You just have to care enough to act
In 1982, Dr William (Bill) Magee, a plastic surgeon, and his wife Kathy, a nurse and clinical social worker, travelled to the Philippines with a group of medical volunteers to repair children’s cleft lips and cleft palates.
What they found was overwhelming. Over 300 families arrived, hoping their children would receive surgery. But the team could only treat 40 children.
“People pushed their babies at us,” recalls Kathy. “They tugged at our sleeves with tears in their eyes and begged us to help their children.”
As they were leaving, the Magees promised they would return to help more children – and Operation Smile was born.
Today, Operation Smile is an international medical charity with a network of medical volunteers from more than 80 countries, dedicated to helping children born with cleft palate and other facial abnormalities.
Share our vision
We dream of a world where no child suffers from lack of access to safe surgery. As long as there are children in the world who need our help, we’ll do whatever it takes to give them the quality care they deserve.
How your support helps
News & Stories
Our heartfelt thanks to Smile 90.4FM and their amazing and generous listeners who opened their hearts to make the 50 Smiles campaign such a huge success
Our recent surgical programme in Mthata resulted in 22 children and one adult receiving corrective cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.
In the lead-up to World Smile Day on Friday 07 October, Smile 90.4FM aims to raise R275 000 in support of Operation Smile. Our goal is to add 50 NEW SMILES to the world.
Our global family
With more than 6,000 active medical volunteers from all around the world, Operation Smile is one of the world’s largest volunteer-based nonprofit organisations. Our supporters are people from all walks of life, who believe that anyone born with a cleft condition deserves safe, effective, and timely surgery and care.