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Changing Lives, One Smile At A Time

Changing Lives, One Smile At A Time - Krabi Magazine article

This past month the newest resort in Krabi, The Dust Thani Krabi Beach Resort hosted an event to remember, an event to help change lives. Operation Smile is a worldwide organization changing daily since 1982, it has been in operation in Thailand since 1997 offering children born with cleft lips and cleft palates the chance to regain their intended smiles.

With over an estimates seven hundred children born with either a cleft lip or cleft palate in Thailand alone, it is an issue that needs addressing. For these unfortunate children born with the disfigurement, there are common cases of the individuals suffering from lack of self-confidence, ridicule at school and the work place and a general inability to be an active functioning member of the community.

dusit-smile3In as little as sixty minutes, this can all change for these children, and with surgical operations costing only an estimated 20,000-25,000THB changing lives doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

The event hosted at The Dust Thani Krabi Beach Resort was a great success drawing in a great number of members from the local community as well as people from outside Krabi. One large group present was the Lamborghini Club from Bangkok who drove all this way to enjoy Krabi and also participate in the event.

dusit-smile2Merchandise was sold at the event, donations could be made to the organization and trips donated by The Dust Thani hotel group among other hotel chains were sold during the night. All of the proceeds from these sales were donated to Operation Smile and had a direct impact on changing lives and giving children the right and ability to smile fully.

To get in touch with the organization visit their website:

Operation Smile Thailand