A group of athletes, celebrities and Smile Train supporters are using poetry to shine a light on the beauty of smiling. ‘All Smiles Are Beautiful’ explains that even though everyone is different, smiling can connect the world and make it a better place.
Radio presenter Kate Lawler and GB Paralympic athletes Olivia Breen, Jonathan Broom-Edwards and Hannah Cockroft MBE read the poem in the video (below). They join long-term Smile Train advocates Claudia Pieczka and Matilda Lansdown, as well as British comedian Jonny Pelham, all of whom were themselves born with a cleft.
After receiving treatment for free on the NHS soon after birth, Jonny, Claudia and Matilda are supporting the #AllSmilesAreBeautiful campaign to inspire support and awareness for Smile Train so that children around the world, who are less fortunate, can receive the same level of care that they did.
“Smiling makes the world go round. A smile can turn that frown upside down and brighten up a rainy day. The work that Smile Train does across the world to help give children born with a cleft a new forever smile is inspiring.” – Jonathan Broom-Edwards
Across the globe, 540 babies are born each day with a cleft. If left untreated, these babies can face difficulties eating, breathing, hearing, speaking, and ultimately thriving.
Smile Train empowers local medical professionals with the training, funding, and resources needed to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children in their own communities, giving them the opportunity to live a healthy and productive life.