For the past three years, students from the Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA) program have fundraised for Operation Smile, an international non-profit organization that provides free cleft lip and/or palate surgeries to infants and children in developing countries.
On Nov. 26, students held their first fundraising event of the year at Boston Pizza in Barrie, raising $623.
Each year, 200,000 children are born around the world with a cleft lip and/or palate and are at high-risk of facing severe implications in the areas of speech, language, feeding, swallowing, voice and self-image. Unfortunately, one in 10 of these children will not live to have a first birthday. These individuals can easily be treated. The surgeries Operation Smile provides only cost $240 and take only 45 minutes to complete.
In July 2014, CDA students will hold their third annual “Smiles for Hope” dinner gala which will take place in the Georgian College Dining Room. All are welcome. Stay tuned for details! Last year, the students raised more than $3,000 at the event.