Putting smiles on faces at Lu­mino

Northern Outlook - - FRONT PAGE - EMMA DANGERFIELD

Lu­mino Den­tists in Ran­giora opened its doors on Satur­day morn­ing to of­fer free treat­ment to car­ers.

This was the first time the store had taken part in Lu­mino Day, now in its fifth year na­tion­wide, as the Ran­giora clinic is new.

With just three staff mem­bers: one den­tist, one as­sis­tant and one re­cep­tion­ist, all staff were re­quired to vol­un­teer for the morn­ing so they were able to take part in the ini­tia­tive, which al­lowed for half hour check ups and simple den­tal pro­ce­dures such as fill­ings.

Rebecca from Ka­iapoi, who is full time carer for her iden­ti­cal twin sons, 18, said when she heard about Lu­mino Day she jumped at the chance to get a free check-up as she was sure she needed fill­ings and it was a great op­por­tu­nity to save money.

‘‘You needed to be a reg­is­tered mem­ber with Car­ers NZ and fill in a sur­vey. It’s an ex­cel­lent pro­mo­tion and good tim­ing for me be­cause I have had a bad tooth since the day we moved down from the North Is­land in Fe­bru­ary.’’

This was the sec­ond time the ini­tia­tive had sup­ported Car­ers NZ. Last year more than $165,000 of free den­tal treat­ment was pro­vided to over 400 fam­ily car­ers.

This year’s goal was to treat 600 pa­tients at more than 50 Lu­mino practices across the coun­try. More than 420,000 peo­ple in New Zealand look af­ter a fam­ily mem­ber who is sick or has a dis­abil­ity.

Lu­mino head of mar­ket­ing Kerry Dunphy said the day was aimed at giv­ing back to those who may not al­ways have time to fo­cus on their own well­be­ing.

‘‘We couldn’t think of a bet­ter or­gan­i­sa­tion to part­ner with, or peo­ple to open our doors to,’’ she said. ‘‘It’s our way of giv­ing back to our com­mu­ni­ties and say­ing thank you to fam­ily car­ers for the self­less work they do.’’

Car­ers NZ is a not for profit or­gan­i­sa­tion which pro­vides in­for­ma­tion, ad­vice and sup­port to more than 50,000 car­ers in New Zealand.

Rebecca of Ka­iapoi with den­tist Ali Peers, as­sis­tant Chloe O’Cal­laghan and re­cep­tion­ist Rose Ku­gener.

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