To celebrate Mr Sayed Mia’s Birthday week, we are taking you on a journey of 7 decades of his astonishing accomplishments and incredible philanthropy.
DID YOU KNOW?
Sayed Mia has been a sponsor for SMILE WEEK for the Smile Foundation for many yard no and has helped to change the lives of so many children born with different types of facial abnormality such as cleft lip, and palate burn victims. During SMILE WEEK these courageous children receive free plastic and reconstructive surgery within South Africa, offering them both pre and postoperative care.
Who are the The Smile Foundation?
The Smile Foundation, formed in 2000, is the culmination of one child’s incredible story that prompted its chief patron, Mr Nelson Mandela
The Smile Foundation, formed in 2000, is the culmination of one child’s incredible story that prompted its chief patron, Mr Nelson Mandela to ensure that his passion for the health and well being of all children in South Africa could be realised. Thando Manyathi, a little girl at the time, was facing great obstacles and was suffering from a rare medical condition causing facial nerve paralysis, also known as Moebius Syndrome. Thando’s mother Thabile wrote letters to Mr Mandela relentlessly asking for help for her child to be able to go overseas to have a specialised surgery which in turn would give her quality of life back. Mr Mandela, as we all came to know, read these letters and without a second thought he made the call. The Lubner family became inspired by Thando’s story of survival, and they in turn started to think that if Thando needed help, how many other children in South Africa were living with these kinds of medical deformities and painful ailments. To send one child overseas had no sustainability, because of all the others they were leaving behind. So why not bring the medical skills to South Africa? And so the Smile Foundation was born.
The Smile Foundation today is a world renowned NGO that aids children with any type of facial abnormality such as cleft lip, and palate, burn victims, facial paralysis and other conditions such as ear and nose deformities, facial growths and craniofacial conditions. They receive free plastic and reconstructive surgery within South Africa with pre and post operative care. Due to the vision and belief of Mr Mandela, children who for so long have to had to endure so much suffering can now smile freely. The Smile Foundation has to date put the smiles back on the faces of over 1 400 children, and counting.
For more information on The Smile Foundation,
please visit http://www.smilefoundationsa.org
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