Earn your ‘smile badge’ today
THANK you so much for the opportunity to speak on my experience in Malawi [with Operation Smile].
I have learnt that in as little as an hour, an entire life can be changed. A person can go from being completely ashamed of how they look and from being bullied about their appearance, to having the most gorgeous and meaningful smile.
I have learnt to look past people’s defects on the outside.
No matter what you look like on the outside, it’s truly what’s on the inside that counts and all of the patients’ personalities and gratefulness shines right through any cleft.
This experience has also taught me to be even more selfless. Small things like a smile badge can be more appreciated than you could ever imagine. Serving others and showing that you care about someone else’s happiness over your own, can fill you with so much joy that just cannot be found anywhere else.
No matter how long the days at the hospital may be – seeing the look on a patient’s face when they see themselves for the first time after surgery, will be engraved in my mind forever.
I really encourage everyone to step out of their comfort zone and to volunteer for an organisation close to your heart.
I promise you that it will change your outlook on life.