The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

The San­dals Foun­da­tion has joined with its long­stand­ing health part­ner, Great Shape Inc. for a two-week long is­land-wide den­tal pro­ject in Saint Lu­cia. The pro­ject will pro­vide free ac­cess to den­tal care and ed­u­ca­tion for Saint Lu­cian fam­i­lies from July 27 to Au­gust 10.

Over 50 vol­un­teers will be part of the team pro­vid­ing Saint Lu­cians with fill­ings, clean­ings, extractions, sealants and other ser­vices. Oral health ed­u­ca­tion will also be pro­vided in tem­po­rary MASH-style den­tal clin­ics at the Marc­hand Com­bined School and the Ca­naries Pri­mary School.

The teams will part­ner with San­dals Foun­da­tion and the Min­istry of Health.

Through their very gen­er­ous in­volve­ment, the San­dals Foun­da­tion and San­dals Re­sorts In­ter­na­tional pro­vide all ac­com­mo­da­tions, meals, lo­gis­ti­cal sup­port and in-coun­try trans­porta­tion at no charge.

For the past thir­teen years, the Great Shape 1000 Smiles Den­tal Pro­ject has part­nered with San­dals Foun­da­tion and the Ja­maican Min­istry of Health to de­liver free den­tal ser­vices to thou­sands of Ja­maicans each year.

San­dals Foun­da­tion is a key part­ner in mak­ing these pro­grams pos­si­ble.

Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams for the San­dals Foun­da­tion, Mrs. Heidi Clarke said the Foun­da­tion was happy to bring the pro­gram to the peo­ple of Saint Lu­cia and un­der­lined the im­por­tance of proper den­tal care.

“This pro­gram has grown tremen­dously over the years and the team at Great Shape have proven them­selves time and time again. Their self­less­ness only serves to fur­ther em­power us and our vi­sion through the San­dals Foun­da­tion to up­lift, en­gage and em­power those within our reach,” Clarke said.

The den­tal fair is ex­pected to be one of the largest in Saint Lu­cia's history.

Joseph Wright, CEO of Great Shape Inc, said the sup­port of the San­dals Foun­da­tion was a crit­i­cal com­po­nent to the suc­cess of the pro­ject.

He said, “The part­ner­ship be­tween us and the San­dals Foun­da­tion is def­i­nitely a step in the right di­rec­tion in bring­ing med­i­cal ser­vice de­liv­ery, which is usu­ally pro­hib­i­tive, to those who need it most."

Vol­un­teers from Great Shape Inc. part­ner with the

San­dals foun­da­tion for a den­tal pro­ject here.

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