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Raising Awareness for Operation Smile

Raising Awareness for Operation Smile

Matthew Kim, Entertainment Editor

On September 14, a photo shoot event was held in the foyer during lunch time. There, it was just a time where friends and teachers can pose in front of a backdrop to take any picture they want. The pictures were free of course, but when receiving the link to where they can find their picture online, they were also told about a charity called Operation Smile. The event’s main purpose wasn’t to receive donations through the photo shoot, but to raise awareness of the charity. But, many people took the step further and even took their pictures and dropped in some donations going towards the foundation.

Operation Smile is a non-profit medical service organization that fund-raises towards providing cleft lip and palate surgeries to children worldwide, especially those in third-world countries. The organization was founded in 1982 and continues to change lives all around the world today.

Surprisingly, not many people at our school know about this organization and it was time to provide awareness of the organization to the people at our school. The one behind it all is a Grade 10 student, Sungbin Yim. The idea was pitched at our school’s GLC/Humanitarian Club and it became her job to raise funds for it and make sure everyone in the school knows it’s happening.

“It was a fun and good experience to run an event for the first time. I hope more people know about Operation Smile now than before.” Sungbin Yim, Grade 10

From past fundraisers, especially the Terry Fox Foundation (having raised over $1600 this year!), generosity is one of our traits at school. Be sure to be on the lookout for humanitarian events like this one as we all strive to help and change the world!

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