The international children’s cleft charity Smile Train is excited to announce that their annual fundraising event, the Big Smile Tea Party, will return for 2021 – just in time for the Easter festivities.
Launching from Thursday 1 April – Friday 16 April, the Big Smile Tea Party encourages friends, families, colleagues, and students all over the UK to come together and host an internationally themed tea party whilst raising vital funds for children with clefts in need of treatment.
Whether you choose to ‘par-tea’ at home, schedule a tea break with colleagues over Zoom, or FaceTime relatives from afar for an afternoon tea, Smile Train is encouraging everybody to boil the kettle, enjoy a slice of their favourite cake, and have a ‘good old natter’ with the people they love whilst donating some spare change to Smile Train if they can.
Many children around the world with clefts do not have access to proper treatment, which can permanently impact their ability to eat, breathe, speak, and ultimately thrive. To tackle this issue, Smile Train empowers local medical professionals in 70+ countries with the training, funding, and resources they need to provide free cleft surgery and other forms of essential care to children in their own communities.
All funds raised through the Big Smile Tea Party will allow the charity to continue this lifesaving work and give more children the opportunity to live healthy and productive lives.
There is no time like the present to show off your lockdown baking skills, so tie up your aprons, dig out your best recipe books, and whip up some treats using your favourite international ingredients to help change the world one smile at a time.
Complimentary fundraising kits are available to order at smiletrain.org.uk/bigsmileteaparty for anyone who is eager to take part. The kits contain all the essentials you need for a successful tea party, including Smile Train posters, balloons, stickers, and a collection box.
Ian Vallance, Director of Smile Train UK, says: “The Big Smile Tea Party is a perfect opportunity for people to spend some quality time with their loved ones over Easter, whether that’s in person or virtually, whilst raising money for children in need around the world.
To date, Smile Train has transformed the lives of more than 1.5 million children with the power of a brand-new forever smile. The funds we receive from the Big Smile Tea Party will enable us to continue our vital work and create even more smiles in the years to come.”
The Big Smile Tea Party campaign will be running from Thursday 1 April to Friday 16 April, but you can hold one at any time. Order your fundraising pack at smiletrain.org.uk/bigsmileteaparty today!
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