Trust for children with life-ruining teeth
Mon, 15 Oct 2012 7:00p.m.
Evan and his teeth – if you saw him, you won't have forgotten him.
Campbell Live received a photo of him about this time last year – a 12-year-old lad in Christchurch who had the worst buck teeth any of us, including the orthodontist, had ever seen.
Evan Hill had escaped the attention of the public health system, but not of Campbell Live viewers. You donated money to help him – almost $180,000.
So much money was donated that it was way more than was needed to fix Evan and his teeth and his sister's teeth.
So with the permission of Evan’s family, we put the extra money into a trust. It's called the Wish for a Smile Charity, and it's being launched this evening.
If you're among the many people who donated money, it's time to feel proud.
We've teamed the money up with a group of 31 very kind orthodontists who'll work for free with children whose bad teeth are ruining their lives.
With their skills and kindness, and the money you donated paying for the braces, plates, and so on, a whole lot more kids are going to be able to smile.
Watch the video for Kate King’s full report.
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13/02/2013 8:43:42 p.m.
Bev Greene-Campbell wrote:
My 11 year old daughter has had problems with her teeth all her life. She had surgery to correct several problems in the past but I have been told in over the last few school dental clinic visits that she has to have braces because her teeth don't fit properly and that it'll get worse as she gets older. I can't afford to go to the orthodontist let alone get braces. Can you help us please?
6/02/2013 7:22:58 p.m.
Trish Carr wrote:
Hi, my 8 year old daughter has teeth that are growing in all crooked. Her jaw and upper mouth are very small, they havent widened enough for teeth to grow in. Her breathing is being affected. She has already had surgery for her adenoids and nose to help, but she's not feeling better. She is in need of growth orthodontics.
30/10/2012 11:46:32 a.m.
Vicki Garnett wrote:
I am a single mum with twin girls. One of the twins is suffering with toothache due to cramming. She hardly smiles these days as her teeth are very noticeable and stick out. Being a teenager this is very sad, as she does go out and do things that her twin does.
I would really like to know how I can get some help for her through the Wish for a Smile charity.
26/10/2012 1:13:57 p.m.
Mae teeth wrote:
kiaora,i need to smile for the cameras. i avoid so much going on in my life because of 1 tooth. *can you imagine my smile right now :P could you help in anyway?
24/10/2012 9:18:46 a.m.
I know of a young man who could benefit from this, could you please send me details on how to apply. Thank you.
20/10/2012 10:36:54 a.m.
Jason Holmes wrote:
Firstly a huge thankyou to all the people that care enough to make this possible.Hello i would like to apply for some help with my sons long term dental problems.Please could you get in contact .Thanks .
19/10/2012 10:36:42 a.m.
Natasha Hickman wrote:
please could you send back to me information about how i can apply for the wish for a smile?? Iam to a soul mum with three kiddies, my oldest daughter grace is the one that needs braces, and i think this trust is a great idea, it is able to help mums and dads out with providing this huge life change to their kids and teach the kids the gift of receiving and giving. thank you.
18/10/2012 7:50:48 p.m.
Kelly Smith wrote:
Hi there. I was wondering how to apply as I have 11 year old twins who both need braces which will cost around $15000.00. Thanks
17/10/2012 7:47:10 p.m.
Big Thank you to all that makes wish for a smile possible..how can I apply?..
17/10/2012 6:16:58 p.m.
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