On my return from Smile Train‘s Journey of Smiles to Guatemala in October, I set up a Just Giving page with the aim of raising £2,000 on behalf of Smile Train, and it gives me enormous pleasure to report that thanks to the generous donations received, I have now exceeded that target. As of Monday this week, the amount raised stood at £2,313.07, and I’ve also honoured my pledge to match the total amount donated.
Thank you to each and everyone who made this fundraising initiative such a success, I am deeply grateful and humbled by your generosity, which will directly benefit at least thirty children in need of cleft repair.
Last week I attended Smile Train UK‘s Christmas Carols Concert in London, and I’d like to share with you a poem read by an 8-year old Smile Train supporter at the event, which beautifully illustrates the power of a smile.
is a frown turned upside down.
is painted on the face of a clown.
brightens a dreary day.
chases tears away.
is a gift that shows you care.
is priceless no matter where.
is the key to happiness.
a sure sign of success.
When you feel lonely in a strange place.
It helps to see a smile on another’s face.
If there is any real magic around.
It is the silent magic of a smile’s sound.
(A smile by Kurt Hearth)