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Fundraise for Smiles

Planning to run Two Oceans or Comrades … or even just your first 10km challenge? Entering the Cape Town Cycle Tour, or an Iron Man contest? Celebrating a milestone birthday? Looking for extra motivation to lose weight?

Whatever you’re doing, why not use the opportunity to raise funds for Operation Smile? Just by doing something you love – or accepting a challenge – you could help provide safe surgery for a child born with a cleft lip or palate, whose family cannot afford to pay hospital and doctors’ bills.

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Choose your fundraising activity – anything from participating in an event to donating your birthday! You can fundraise as an individual, or get a team of friends together to add to the fun.

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Set your target

On average, fundraisers choose targets of between R2000 to R5000. But you can set any target you’re comfortable with. There are no penalties for not reaching your target. So go ahead and aim high!

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Register on our built in fundraising platform. Or set up an Operation Smile profile on GivenGain if you’re fundraising overseas. Tell friends why they should support you (and Operation Smile). Add pictures or videos and a deadline.

Share fundraiser


Share on social media and face-to-face with family, friends and business colleagues. Ask them to support you. Be bold – you’re not asking for yourself. TIP: It’s easier to ask others, if you first donate to your own fundraiser.

See what others are doing

Get Inspired

Bob Bolus

Robert Bolus is raising funds for Operation Smile through Bob’s Bay-2-Bay Challenge walk, starting on Wednesday 26 October 2022 from Mossel Bay and finishing in Pringle Bay on Saturday 26 November 2022.

“My route will follow the coastline as much as possible and will cover approximately 500 kilometres.

“All monies raised will be donated to Operation Smile for cleft lip and cleft palate surgery.

“I smile a lot … and people smile back. Smiling people are happy people. Please help me put a smile on a young child’s face born with a cleft lip and palate.”

Support Bob’s fundraiser on GivenGain

Dan Meyer

Dan Meyer with support from Ashley Verhulp is cycling across Europe to raise funds for Operation Smile.

“I am terrible with directions and can’t speak any foreign languages. But in July 2022, I will be riding my bicycle solo, across Europe to raise funds and awareness for Operation Smile, South Africa.

Starting in Copenhagen, Denmark, with minimalistic necessities, I aim to cover a distance of 100km a day, 5 days a week. 6 weeks and 3000km later, my journey will end in Rome.

Please help us change the lives of children born with cleft palates and get them the surgery they need!

Support Dan’s fundraiser on GivenGain

Richard Kohler
In December 2022, Richard Kohler will set off from Cape Town in an 8 metre ocean crossing kayak, and attempt to row 7000 km across the Southern Atlantic Ocean to Salvador, Brazil.

“I intend surviving the crossing not only for my personal achievement, but also to help raise funds for Operation Smile, a charity that is very close to my heart.”

Lauren Bright Operation Smile’s Country Manager said, “it is an honour to have someone like Richard Kohler choose Operation Smile as his beneficiary and take up such an enormous challenge, to help raise funds for kids and adults born with a cleft lip and palate … to help change lives; one smile at a time.’

Support Richard’s fundraiser on GivenGain