Supporter Stories

Collecting Change, Changing Lives

Student "Smile Change Makers" are collecting change to help Operation Smile provide free, life-changing surgeries for children born with cleft.

Bucket Collection Blast!
United Kingdom

Liz, a dedicated fundraiser and Burketeer, had a blast at bucket collection in Cambridge last month. She took to the streets spreading awareness and raising money for Operation Smile.

The Harley Medical Group Smile Week
United Kingdom

In October our corporate partner The Harley Medical Group celebrated Smile Week at 20 clinics across the country to raise much need awareness and funds to help children living with cleft conditions worldwide.

Clipper Round the World Sailing Race
United Kingdom

A year ago, I was looking for a life changing challenge, to push me to my limit in a variety of ways….enter The Clipper Round the World Yacht Race. To really make the most of this adventure, I want to raise money for a wonderful charity: Operation Smile.

Steve's fundraising challenge
United Kingdom

Steve's son was born with a unilateral cleft lip & palate in the UK. He's participating to Ride London to to give some other children from around the world the opportunity to receive the life changing surgery and care that Oscar has received in the UK.

United Kingdom

Defacto is donating £1 to Operation Smile for every clinic review on their website in May and June 2017 helping to give children living with cleft conditions a smile for life

Bake a Smile
United Kingdom

Whether it’s elevenses, afternoon tea or because it’s Wednesday; a yummy cake, delicious brownie or scrummy biscuit is always a welcome treat! After all, we are a nation of great bakers - cakes, biscuits, scones and so much more

As little as 45 minutes to change a life
South Africa

Operation Smile South Africa launched Operation 45, an initiative that provided life-changing care to 9-month-old Alexzander and 11-month-old Ofentse and featured their surgeries during the Soweto Derby.

Shandra Kight: Feeling a sense of belonging
United States

Shandra Kight, a pre- and post-operative nurse, is one of those dedicated volunteers. Born with a cleft lip and cleft palate, she was determined to be a nurse, to work with children and to be an Operation Smile volunteer

Sam holds a football Funday
United Kingdom

9 year old Sam has already had 10 operations to correct his cleft lip and cleft palate and was refusing to have his latest operation later this year. His mum hit on the plan of showing him our website and see what would happen if you weren't able to have an operation. When looking at the photos and stories of some of our patients something wonderful happened and inspired Sam to help children less fortunate than him round the world ...


“Every child that has a facial deformity is our responsibility. If we don’t take care of that child, there’s no guarantee that anyone else will.”

- Kathy Magee, Operation Smile Co-founder and President