For the second year, Fort Ortho and Expressions Orthodontics hosted a special gathering patients and friends at WEM's Galalaxyland on March 13th for Ride's for Smiles. It was an evening of fun and excitement for the whole family, young and old, with all proceeds raised supporting Orthodontist Dr. Sunny Leong's dental charity.
Kindness in Action - Helps Those In Need
Each year Dr. Leong volunteers with other health care members from in and around Edmonton, providing those in the developing world free dental work, usually in South America. This year Dr. Sunny was part of a health care group that helped over 600 villagers in Chisec, Guatemala. Chisec is a community of about 70,000 people.
After arriving in the country, the team took a 10 hour bus ride in 40C heat, making their way to small community where they would provide treatment. Once there they set up their portable dental operations centre and began to coordinate to receive patients. Over the course of their engagement they extracted 1,400 teeth and filled and cleaned the teeth of those who came in need. It was a rewarding experience, with lots of guitar playing at night.
You can learn more about Kindness in Action here.
Photo on right: Dr. Leong and other mission team members get their picture taken with some local Chisec children. (You'll note the prominence of the Oilers flag on the facility.)
For more photos of Rides for Smiles 2015 and the Kindness in Action trip, please visit the photo gallery here.