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Together, operating on clefts... because dignity begins with a smile

We established the ‘Smile Ambassador’ training programme for our growing base of community volunteers. There are many passionate advocates of Operation Smile and this programme has been designed to provide them with the support, tools and training to raise awareness of Operation Smile in communities all over the country. Our team of Smile Ambassadors are working to make Operation Smile a household name in Ireland, one community at a time. *100% of your €2 donation will go to Operation Smile Ireland. Service provider: Like Charity 01 4433890

This July we will welcome 650 students to the University of Limerick for Operation Smile’s 24th International Student Leadership Conference. This will be the second time this highly regarded leadership conference comes to Limerick and we will be delighted to give a big Irish welcome to our student supporters from all over the world! And as we will continue to expand our awareness and fundraising initiatives here in Ireland, to ensure that all those who wish to support our work will have an opportunity to do so, please join us for a glass of mulled wine and some festive carols at our 2nd Annual Carols by Candlelight service at Monkstown Parish Church on Thursday, December 12th. Let’s celebrate the close of a wonderful year together!

Christmas Certificates Give the gift of a smile this Christmas! Order a Christmas certificate for a loved one overleaf or at: www.operationsmile.ie/smileshop

When: 7:30pm, Thursday 12th December Where:: Monkstown Parish Church, Monkstown, Co. Dublin

As always, thank you for your continued support. Warmest of holiday wishes, Teri

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Our Irish volunteers have been as active as ever, joining Operation Smile medical mission teams to provide free surgeries for children born with clefts all over the developing world. We continue to align with Operation Smile Ethiopia, where we are implementing surgical training rotations in Jimma to create a sustainable model of teaching that will enable Ethiopian plastic surgeons to take care of their own children born with clefts.

We launched our Miles for Smiles fundraising initiative to encourage our supporters to get active and raise funds for Operation Smile by changing their miles to smiles, and we were delighted to have marathon runners out pounding the pavements on our behalf all over Ireland.

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It’s hard to believe that another year is coming to a close - and what a great and busy one it’s been for us. This year marked 10 years of Operation Smile Ireland and we were honoured to celebrate with our Co-Founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee, Joe Costello T.D., Minister of State for Trade and Development, and with 300 of our volunteers and supporters at The Change Forever Ball.

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Long time volunteer, Anne McGovern, received the award for “Outstanding Commitment and Volunteerism”, and accountant, Liam Hession, BDO, received the award for “Service Beyond the Call of Duty” for his accounting services over the past decade.

2013 marked Operation Smile Ireland’s 10th Anniversary and we celebrated in style with over 300 of our volunteers and supporters at The Change Forever Ball in Dublin this October. The night was a fantastic celebration of the many people who support Operation Smile Ireland, but a few were singled out for their contributions. Philanthropist and global supporter, Chuck Feeney, received the “Impact Award” for his “Compassionate Call to Action”. L-R Joe Costello T.D., Minister of State for Trade and Development; Emer Costello, MEP ; Kathy Magee and Dr Bill Magee, Co-Founders Ope ration Smile

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What the parents have to say: Operation Smile Student Programmes introduced my daughter to the concept of caring for someone who will never know who you are but will never forget your generosity of spirit. It taught her to speak in public without fear or anxiety; nurtured organisational and fundraising qualities in my daughter; provided her with the opportunity to connect and make friends with other students from all over the world; and was simply the most wonderful experience for my daughter during her teenage years. It provided her with the skills to choose a career in event management. Finola Earley, Glenageary, Co. Dublin

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What: 24th Annual Operation Smile International Student Leadership Conference Where: University of Limerick, Castletroy, Limerick, Ireland When: Monday 14th of July to Saturday 19th July 2014 Who: Second Level and University Students (14 – 22) Cost: E600 * Contact: info@operationsmile/ 01 6676659 Don’t miss this opportunity to join 550 students from more than 20 countries for the experience of a lifetime! Develop your leadership skills and learn how you can make the world a better place through volunteerism.

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“Operation Smile made me discover that I can help people even with as small a thing as putting a smile on their face” Donald Abuka

Operation Smile changed my perception of the world! Conor Cosgrove

“The ISLC allows young people to develop and grow to be future leaders. I would highly recommend to any teenager to go!” - Caroline Quirke

“What an amazing opportunity to make friends with people from all over the world. The ISLC has definitely given me a new outlook on life.” - JJ O’Shea:

Operation Smile Student Programmes has made me more aware of the world around me! - Jack Jeffries:

Operation Smile student programmes have made me see that students can have an impact on people’s lives and that with hard work and effort anything can be done. I am more involved in my community as a result. Ellen Kelly On our mission we were lucky enough to see the impact of Operation Smile first hand. Our main role was to play and teach. What could be better than spending the day playing with the most inspirational kids ever?! Many families we met had traveled for three days just to have the chance for their child to receive surgery. We shadowed doctors, helped nurses in the ward and learnt to work with translators to reassure families whose babies were having surgery. Most

Student programmes have helped my confidence, and now I love meeting new people. The main thing is that I’m more open to new things which have lead to new experiences and opportunities! - Mika Egan importantly we taught the families and patients on our medical mission about oral hygiene, nutrition, preparing clean water and more. It was amazing to see a child with a cleft lip go into surgery and 45 minutes later to see them come out with a brand new smile and their lives changed forever. It definitely changed our lives forever! Thank you Operation Smile!

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Her parents say they were very thankful for how Operation Smile has not only given their daughter a dream, but a real future, too. She will be able to continue in school, and someday, get married and have her own family.

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