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Charity cakes provide smiles and cures

Updated: 2014-05-04
By Lin Hanqing (chinadaily.com.cn)

The cleft lip and palate is one of the most incurred congenital diseases among newborns. According to statistics, one out of 550 new born babies suffers from it.

As the cost of corrective surgery can run upwards of $750, many families in China can not afford it. People with clefts are often unable to eat, speak, socialize or even smile once they enter the world.

Globally, people and organizations are trying to find ways to combat this disease. One such organization is, Operation Smile, a NGO devoted to curing babies born with a cleft that has so far treated more than 200,000 children in 51 countries free of charge.

Meanwhile, the Ritz-Carlton - Beijing has announced the participation of Smile Asia Week from May 5 - 11. This world-renowned hotel chain will sell specially-created cakes to raise funds for Operation Smile, with all the profits going directly to the charity. A person’s life can be changed from the money made off of 30 cakes.

Customers can book the cakes sold exclusively through the Operation Smile website www.smileasiaweek.org , or call the hotel’s reception desk.

Video:Lin Hanqing

Cameraman:Wang Yuxi

Producer: Flora Yue

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