27 November 2018
NEW YORK — Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. In celebration of the day and the season of giving, Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft organisation, is kicking off their annual ‘Give Smiles’ campaign. Smile Train is asking supporters to donate and #GiveSmiles on Giving Tuesday, with the goal of raising £100,000 to provide cleft care to an additional 520 children in honour of the day.
Smile Train will also be participating in a livestream on Giving Tuesday hosted by Devin Thorpe. Thorpe is a journalist, author, professional speaker, and founder of the Your Mark on the World Center, a mission-driven business working to solve the world’s biggest problems. The ‘streamathon’ will be live for 24 hours on Giving Tuesday, and Smile Train’s President and CEO Susannah Schaefer will be live at 3:30pm EST where she will be talking about Smile Train’s sustainable model for cleft care, and the organisation’s plans for Giving Tuesday.
“We are so excited to celebrate Giving Tuesday and kick-off our annual ‘Give Smiles’ campaign,” said Schaefer. “Our hope is to raise awareness and inspire giving to help create more smiles and provide much needed treatment for children with clefts around the world.”
Smile Train’s international staff, global ambassadors, corporate partners, and community fundraisers are also participating in various fundraising activities around the world in honour of this important day of giving back.
To learn more about Smile Train or to donate and ‘Give Smiles’ during this holiday season, visit: smiletrain.org.uk/givesmiles. Follow Smile Train on Twitter and Instagram @SmileTrainUK for updates throughout the year.
About Smile Train
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally. We advance a sustainable solution and scalable global health model for cleft treatment, drastically improving children’s lives, including their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To learn more about how Smile Train's sustainable approach means donations have both an immediate and long-term impact, please visit smiletrain.org.uk.
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Nijha Diggs, Director of Public Relations