LAST year we launched an exciting new initiative at Smile Train called Yoga for Smiles – which encourages people to take time out of their busy day to practice some yoga while raising funds for children with clefts around the world.
As a Smile Train supported cleft surgery helps a child in need every five minutes, we decided to launch a special campaign this year called ‘Give 5, Take 5’, which aimed to raise widespread awareness of the Yoga for Smiles initiative and encourage ‘yogis’ from all over the UK to get involved.
As part of the ‘Give 5, Take 5’ campaign, we asked Smile Train supporters, yoga lovers, and influential yoga instructors – as well as the general public – to take a 5-minute break on International Day of Yoga (which fell on the 21st June) so that they could stretch, breathe deeply and smile, then donate £5 to Smile Train UK.
When International Day of Yoga came around, we were delighted to see ‘yogis’ from all across the country taking part – with 15 yoga influencers also lending their support, including Ella (@_namastella) and Louise (@loupyoga)
Many children around the world with clefts do not have access to proper treatment, which can impact their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To tackle this issue, at Smile Train we empower local medical professionals with the proper training, funding and resources that is needed to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children living in their communities.
All monies raised through Yoga for Smiles will allow us to continue this life-changing work, giving more children the opportunity to live healthy and have productive lives.
Thank you to everyone who found their ‘inner yogi’ and got involved in the ‘Give 5, Take 5’ campaign. Your support will help us to create even more forever smiles for children in need, globally.
Our Yoga for Smiles initiative is something that yoga lovers – whatever their level of experience – can support all year round. If you’d like more information about the initiative and would like to get involved, please visit: smiletrain.org.uk/lp/yoga-for-smiles-uk