Sam helping the less fortunate

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His family had an idea to show him pictures of other children from around the world who have not had the benefits of surgery through the NHS.

The website he was shown was from the charity ‘Operation Smile’ (www.operationsmile.org.) and after showing him the pictures and telling the stories of children from around the world, Sam was so moved by what the charity does that he said he wanted to help and also came around to the need for his own operation.

Sam hopes to raise £2,000 which would sponsor an operating table for a complete Operation Smile mission somewhere in the world giving new smiles to around 25 children.

To help achieve this goal, he has decided to organise a Football Fun Day which will include tournaments for P4-7 pupils and will have lots of other entertainments such as Beat the Goalie, Raffles, Bouncy Castles, Silent Auction and food and drink stalls.

To help promote the event, Sam, his big sister Abby (10) and best friend Alex Curry (9) have started presenting details of the fun day and the reasons behind it to the local school.

The first presentation was made in their own school, Market Place Primary, and they hope to be presenting to Strathburn, Kellands and Port Elphinstone schools in the near future.

The tournament will take place on Saturday, May 30, at the Garioch Sports Centre playing fields and will be split into two separate competitions, one for P4 / P5 teams and the other for P6 / P7 teams.

It is hoped that local businesses will support the event through donations of time and / or products and through sponsorship. If anyone is interested in sponsorship then please contact the organising committee through samsoperationsmile@yahoo.com.

The charity Operation Smile provides free surgery to repair cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities for children around the globe.

As one of the most prominent children’s charities in the world - known by many as ‘the smile charity’ - and with a presence in over 60 countries, Operation Smile is able to heal children’s smiles and bring hope for a better future.

More than 200,000 children are born with a severe cleft condition every year — often unable to eat, speak, socialise or smile. Too often, these children are rejected by the people around them, afraid to go to school and ostracised by their communities. In many cases, parents simply can’t afford to give their children the surgery they desperately need.

Since 1982, Operation Smile - with the help of over 5,000 dedicated medical volunteers - has provided over 200,000 free surgical procedures to children and young adults around the world, giving each one a new start in life.

To find out more visit www.operationsmile.org.uk/