How we give back

We believe in giving back to the community, especially to underprivileged individuals. We are therefore supporting Operation Smile, a non-profit organization providing free surgeries to patients born with cleft clips and cleft palates. Dr Marius van der Walt (husband of Dr Liezl van der Walt) had been a volunteering dentist with Operation Smile since 2009 and provides his services at no cost to help changing lives throughout the globe. He had been rendering services in Madagascar, Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Namibia, Swaziland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Vietnam, Dominican Republic and locally in our own country as well. He is still an active volunteer and sacrifice his own time away from his family to assist others in need. Operation Smile is providing care in more than 60 countries worldwide that includes 13 countries in Africa. Every 3 minutes a child is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate. One in ten of these children will die before their first birthday. Children born with such defects have difficulty breathing, drinking, eating and speaking and as result many suffer from malnutrition, medical and psychological problems. It takes as little as 45 minutes to repair a cleft lip and change that child’s life forever. As a non-profit organization they rely entirely on donations. For more detail on the fantastic services Operation Smile offer and how to donate please visit their website: