For the third consecutive year Operation Smile is our charity partner of choice and we are both very happy and motivated to promote its cause and bring a smile on the faces of children in need. By way of a donation or by raising funds every participant is highly welcome and encouraged to become a member of Team Operation Smile for the Genghis Khan Festival!
Our Cause: Operation Smile provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children around the globe. In 45 minutes Operation Smile medical volunteers are able to transform the life of a child with a facial deformity. About 1 in 600 Chinese children is born with a cleft lip of cleft palate. Operation Smile conducts medical missions year-round in some of the most remote and underserved areas of China. Each life-changing surgery has an approximate cost of 5000 RMB.
Facts about Operation Smile China until 2013:
- 160+ missions since 1991
- 70+ cities being served since 1991
- 26,000+ free & safe surgeries since 1991
- 1,626 free & safe surgeries in 2013
- 90+% work done by volunteer
- as little as RMB5,000 and 45 mins
- 5 AHA training per year / 240 participates in 2013
- Sir David Fellowship Program
- First annual pediatric anesthesia training course
In China, missions take place every year in several provinces and regions such as Xinjiang, Gansu, Shandong and Yunnan. Every donation is welcome when you register for the races via the online form of the Genghis Khan Festival. For those who are truly committed to the Operation Smile cause in China, there are some extra benefits that will be communicated in due course. Raise or donate 1000 RMB or more and become a member of the Operation Smile running team! You can also donate directly to Operation Smile via their Hong Kong website here.
All further info on Operation Smile can be found on the informative official website