Friday concert raises funds for Operation Smile

Two bands and a children’s choir will perform in Williams Lake this week to help raise funds for Operation Smile.

Two bands and a children’s choir will perform in Williams Lake this week to help raise funds for Operation Smile.

The concert takes place April 19 at Cariboo Bethel Church starting at 7 p.m.

“We will also have a silent auction to generate funds to help sponsor Operation Smile to do voluntary cleft lip and palate surgeries in third world countries,” says Dr. Stefan de Swardt.

He says the concert is free but they will accept donations for the cause.  He says a single cleft lip/palate surgery in a developing country costs $240 but any donation is welcome and eligible for tax deductible receipts.

Operation Smile Williams Lake is a group of people from all walks of life who have a passion to help children with cleft lip and palates in developing countries.

“We do not participate directly with outreaches/operations but we do help with raising funds to support the Operation Smile volunteer team to do these procedures and help children who do not have access to essential services like cleft lip/palate surgery,” de Swardt says.

To date he says the local group has held several fundraisers and sponsored 18 surgeries.