Club Dinner – Update on Operation Cleft – “Gift a Smile for Life”
July 23 @ 6:15 pm - 8:15 pm
SPEAKER: Representative of Rotary Club of Box Hill Central
Since 2005, Operation Cleft Australia, an international humanitarian project of the Rotary Club of Box Hill Central, Victoria, has provided around 1000 free cleft repair surgeries annually to the underprivileged in Bangladesh.
In 2004-2005, the Rotary Club of Lilydale was a financial supporter of “Operation Cleft”.
A simple solution to a serious problem.
In Australia, in the majority of situations, this condition is readily repaired by a medical procedure.
Operation Cleft Australia is committed to improving the lives of underprivileged children in Bangladesh, by providing free cleft lip and palate repair surgery to those born with this condition.
Many young families in Bangladesh live on or below the poverty line – less than $2 a day. They lead simple, village lives, where everything revolves around the extended family group. More than 5,000 babies are born with cleft lip and/or palate conditions each year in Bangladesh. These babies are often sickly and malnourished due to feeding problems..
If these cleft conditions are left untreated, these children will suffer both physically and emotionally, and they face a life of torment, poor health, isolation, and illiteracy. Frequently both children and their families are ostracised by their communities, and many family units break down due to the stress and peer pressure.