Kit from Perth den­tal firm will help bring smiles to Malawi

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS -

Den­tal kit from Perth worth tens of thou­sands of pounds has been do­nated to a char­ity sup­port­ing den­tists in Malawi.

The gift to one of the poor­est coun­tries on the planet brought a huge smile to the face of a Scots char­ity vol­un­teer.

Den­tist Nigel Milne and his wife Vicky set-up “Smi­lawi” five years ago af­ter be­ing shocked by con­di­tions they en­coun­tered.

They were bowled over when Fair City den­tist Con­stanti­nos “Dino” Loizides of­fered equip­ment which was not mak­ing the move to his new Den­tal Care Perth prac­tice in South Methven Street.

Cast­ing an eye over a range of spe­cial­ist chairs, X-ray ma­chines and suc­tion motors, Dunoon-based Nigel said: “It is a won­der­ful ges­ture and will make a huge dif­fer­ence to the qual­ity of den­tal care in north­ern Malawi.

“This ges­ture by Dino is hugely ap­pre­ci­ated. We were so ex­cited when we were of­fered his old gear for Smileawi. The equip­ment he is giv­ing us is in won­der­ful con­di­tion.”

Mr Loizides feared the un­wanted kit would have to be thrown out af­ter his new city centre premises were kit­ted out with state of the art ap­pa­ra­tus.

He ex­plained: “We have in­vested heav­ily in the South Methven Street centre.

“But I hate waste and it would have been a sin to send the old equip­ment to land­fill when it was all per­fectly ser­vice­able and in use un­til just a cou­ple of weeks ago.

“So I was de­lighted when Nigel spot­ted our plea for some­one to step in and give it all a new lease of life. There are many more years of life left in the items be­ing shipped over to Malawi.”

Nigel and Vicky reg­u­larly visit the African coun­try.

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