Bri­tish Cou­ple Reaches Al­most 300 Chil­dren With Den­tal Hygiene Pro­gramme

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

Sandals re­turn­ing guests Neil and Sheila Stephen have suc­cess­fully com­pleted an­other den­tal hygiene pro­gramme tar­get­ing chil­dren be­tween the ages of 5 and 11 years in Saint Lu­cia.

The pro­gramme, which fo­cuses on teeth brush­ing and mouth wash­ing tech­niques, reached al­most 300 chil­dren across six schools in the north and south of the is­land. The schools cov­ered in­clude the Bal­ata Govern­ment School, the Marc­hand Com­bined School, the Gros Islet In­fant School, the Anse La Raye In­fant and Pri­mary Schools and the Roseau In­fant School.

This is the third year the cou­ple has ex­tended such a pro­gramme to the is­land, af­fect­ing in­creas­ing num­bers of chil­dren each year.

Neil Stephen, a prac­tic­ing den­tist in the United King­dom, said the ini­tia­tive is one that is likely to ex­pand with key donors like Col­gate, Wright Den­tal, Tepe and Den­tal Direc­tory main­tain­ing their sup­port with the sup­ply of den­tal sup­plies and props for use and dis­tri­bu­tion to the is­land’s chil­dren.

“We are ex­tremely happy to be able to do this ev­ery year and in­clude it as part of our va­ca­tion ex­pe­ri­ence here in Saint Lu­cia. The peo­ple of this is­land are won­der­ful and that is what makes our time here each year worth­while,” Stephen said.

The ini­tia­tive com­ple­ments the re­cently in­tro­duced Sandals Foun­da­tion Great Shape Den­tal Out­reach Pro­gram to Saint Lu­cia. This part­ner­ship brings to the is­land a large-scale den­tal op­er­a­tion with the skills of top den­tal prac­ti­tion­ers from the US and Canada vol­un­teer­ing their ser­vices for a two-week pe­riod. This pro­gramme has been ex­tended for a se­cond year.

Di­rec­tor of Pro­grams for the Sandals Foun­da­tion, Heidi Clarke, has com­mended the con­tin­ued sup­port of Neil and Sheila Stephen, la­bel­ing them true friends of the Foun­da­tion and in­deed the chil­dren of Saint Lu­cia.

“We are al­ways hon­oured to work with Neil and Sheila. Their com­mit­ment to what they do is heart­warm­ing and en­cour­ag­ing for us. We can­not thank them enough,” Clarke said.

Den­tist Neil Stephen demon­strates proper brush­ing tech­niques to

the chil­dren of Gros Islet In­fant School dur­ing a re­cent visit.

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