New Delhi: Smile Train, a cleft charity, has announced that Indian Cricketer Harbhajan Singh will be a Goodwill Ambassador for India. As Ambassador, Harbhajan Singh will actively support Smile Train India to raise awareness for children with clefts and the free treatment available through Smile Train’s local partner hospitals.
Smile Train estimates that more than 35,000 babies are born with a cleft lip and/or palate every year, and hundreds of thousands of children globally live with untreated clefts. Cleft treatment is safe and the transformation is immediate. Smile Train provides training, funding and resources to medical professionals to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care in their own communities.
In response to the announcement, Harbhajan Singh shared, “A child’s smile is pure joy and it is hard to imagine that babies born with a cleft have difficulty eating, speaking and breathing. The good news is that cleft is treatable through surgery and related ancillary treatment such as speech therapy and orthodontic treatment. For the last 20 years, Smile Train has been doing great work across India and I am happy to be a part of this unique and wonderful initiative. I look forward to using my platform to raise awareness for children with clefts.”
The charity has supported more than 600,000 free cleft surgeries in India through a network of over 150 partner hospitals across the country.
“Harbhajan Singh is an inspiration to millions of youth in our country and we consider it a great privilege to have him support our organization. We welcome him as our Goodwill Ambassador and are grateful for his generous support to children with clefts,” said Mamta Carroll, Vice President & Regional Director-Asia, Smile Train
Harbhajan Singh recently supported the charity’s unique initiative, The Smile Torch. At an event organized at Wagah Border, Amritsar, Singh along with DIG, BSF, Bhupinder Singh, the Smile Train India team, medical partners and cleft patients welcomed The Smile Torch to Punjab. The general public at the Flag Lowering Ceremony at Wagah Border were educated about cleft lip and palate, and its treatment.
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