“My favourite moment is when parents see their child after surgery for the first time.”



Dr Marius van der Walt – Operation Smile volunteer

Watch for the moment in our video and see if you agree


Joy. Wonder. Gratitude. Many tears. Emotions run wild when your child, born with a cleft lip or palate, has the surgery you never thought possible. And you know that you no longer have to hide away in case they’re laughed at or teased for looking ‘different’.

There’s nothing more incredibly heartwarming and special than being able to help someone without expecting anything in return.

Our beloved Madiba knew that. That’s why we honour his legacy every Mandela Day by spending 67 minutes in service to make the world a better place. And in return, we experience the heartwarming satisfaction that comes from helping others.

This July, Operation Smile is delivering a surgical programme in Gauteng – giving local children born with cleft lip or palate access to free, world class surgery they might otherwise never get.


And we’re inviting you to be part of it.

You might not be able to perform life-changing surgery on a child with a cleft lip or palate. But your special donation in celebration of Mandela Day is just as important.

Because, without funds to bring the medical team together and pay for medical supplies like drugs, antiseptic, dressings, scrubs, masks and gloves – we couldn’t do the work we do.

Please consider making a donation this Mandela Day. Instead of 67 minutes of your time, give R10 per minute for a donation of R670 towards surgery for a child born with a cleft.

If you’re feeling really generous – give R100 per minute for a donation of R6 700. Or spread your donation over the year by giving R67 monthly. Any amount you give makes a difference to a child waiting for life-changing surgery … and their anxious parents.

And even though you won’t be there in person when a parent sees their child’s brand new smile for the first time, you’ll still be part of the moment, which we’ll capture for you on video during the surgical programme.

So please, will you fill in the form now to support Operation Smile on Mandela Day with a generous donation?​


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