We Are supporting A dental clinic in the refugee camp
As you know we are avid supporters of Dental Mavericks at heathDENTAL and Sat and Jo recently made a great commitment to their ongoing work.
We are now supporting the dental clinic in the refugee camp in Lebanon on a monthly basis by a regular monthly sponsorship plan.
The scheme was launched at the recent conference and mavericks charity ball we attended in Liverpool (you may have seen the party and firewalk photos, we did do work as well honest !)
The sponsorship scheme means that as a Titanium sponsor we will be taking 9 people a month out of dental pain.
It’s 11 weeks until Michelle heads off to Morocco again to work in clinics in Essaouira, her flights are booked and she is counting down the weeks. This will be Michelle’s 3rd trip volunteering with Dental Mavericks.
Learning, Networking and Fundraising
What a weekend, learning and fun what more could you ask for. Myself, Bev, Sat, Joanna and Carol ventured up north to Liverpool on Thursday evening to attend the annual Treasure Map Conference. Its a great mix of inspirational speakers and networking with other dental practices to share ideas and knowledge.
Friday night explains the pictures (no we don’t usually dress this fancy for dinner lol) the Friday evening is the #Dentalmavericks ball, theme Great Gatsby meets Peaky Blinders. Everyone looked fab and after a nice dinner fundraising games commence followed by us throwing shapes on the dance floor (don’t think the heath team will be on strictly anytime soon !)
Well done Carol and Bev for taking part in the scavenger hunt game you did us proud.
During the weekend over £16,000 was raised for Dental Mavericks!!!!! All goes to helping provide dental care and end dental pain in Morocco and Lebanon. An amazing amount, just shows people’s generosity is not to be underestimated :0)
Back to work today, time to start putting all our new found knowledge and ideas into action
Mavericks trip to Essaouira in Morocco
January, the month you start to think about your big plans for the rest of the year. For me am I lucky enough to have two exciting trips in the first part of 2019. Santa (or Dom as he is known, my other half) very kindly gifted me a weekend in Italy for Christmas which I am super excited about. Any tips for the lakes and Verona are very welcome please 🙂
That weekend will set me up nicely then to be refreshed and relaxed for a week away that involves hard work but equally a bigger reward back………my 2019 Mavericks trip to Essaouira in Morocco!!! This will be my first time in Essaouira and as ever we will be setting up clinic, providing much needed relief from dental pain for the local community as well as fluoride applications and tooth brushing instruction and products.
I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us and helped raise funds for #dentalmavericks In 2018 we raised a whopping £2314.67 at #heathDENTAL this is all thanks to our patients, the team and some of our suppliers so THANK YOU all !!!!!!
It’s an amazing total and every penny goes to providing dental care in Morocco and Lebanon.
Keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and on our website if you would like to see more of my travels in Essaouira, there will be plenty of pics to come in April.
Fund Raising at Heath Dental
Michelle here. I have totalled up what the practice raised last year for Dental Mavericks and our total was £2,314.67!
The money came from Rough Runner, the collection tin we have at reception, Sat’s donation on behalf of his father, and the lovely handmade gifts our patient donated in December.
Thanks a lot to everyone who donated.
Finding out how to give even more back…
I recently attended the Homeless and Inclusion Conference in Birmingham, my first time at this conference I was excited to find out more about how I could become involved with providing dental care for homeless and excluded people.
Well the day certainly didn’t disappoint, it was eye opening, inspiring and motivating.
Speakers included dental & homeless charities, various professionals from the dental world and the talks I found the most emotional were those from people who have been homeless themselves. Listening to people’s stories,why they became homeless, their journey, difficulties and prejudices they have faced brought a tear to my eye.
One particular speaker was Sarah Harries, she was living on the streets of Leeds, had suffered a lifetime of abuse and had a drug addiction. However with the help of others and a lot of hard work herself she is now a Pentecostal Minister, studying a degree and married with a daughter, four years ago she was close to death. A wonderful success story to hear.
I will definitely be getting involved where I can next year, through Crisis and Dentaid and doing some dental nursing for them. It has also given me a lot to think about in terms of day to day nursing here and what we can do to be aware and considerate of people and possible traumas.
I also wore my other hat on this day and presented a table for Dental Mavericks, to try and spread the word about our work and encourage attendees of the conference to join us for our 2019 trips. Scarily for me I had to present a short talk to the room about the work we do.
Not having done any public speaking before I was nervous to say the least( although most would argue I can speak more than needed any other time no problem ha ha) I survived though, no eggs or tomatoes were thrown and hope that I managed to encourage a few of the dentists to consider us next year.
give money to charity without using your own money
Would you like to give money to charity but without actually using any of your own money……….well it’s possible!!
Sign up to Give as You Live https://www.giveasyoulive.com/
This site donates money to your chosen charity anytime you shop online at a variety of stores. It costs you nothing and once you have registered the site will recognise when you shop at a relevant store and donate money to your charity (a % of what you have spent)
Our chosen charity is obviously #DentalMavericks and although we would love you to choose them as well, there are other charities available to pick.
This is such an easy way to help raise money and although it may only be pence at a time it all adds up, little by little helping to change and improve lives.
Please take a moment of your day to sign up for a free fuzzy giving feeling of helping people.
Sean Completes The Birmingham half marathon
Two weeks ago on a very cold and wet Sunday, Sean took to the streets of Birmingham along with around 11,000 others to complete the Birmingham half marathon.
His 8th time completing the event, he ran to raise funds and awareness for a cause that means alot to him, Cardiac Risk in the Young.
In a reverse of previous routes, the Birmingham half marathon started where it ended last year, before taking runners to Highfield Road in Edgbaston and down the hill of Lee Bank Middleway, once a challenging incline near the end of the half marathon.
Participants then did a lap of Cannon Hill Park and Edgbaston Stadium before turning back to the city centre after they reached Bournville.
Posting his photo’s after the event Sean said..
“Well that was a wet one! Back home safe and sound, and just about dried out and got the feeling back into my fingers. Great run considering, a comfortable 1hr56…. again!”
Well Done Sean !
13th annual Mouth Cancer Awareness walk in Hyde Park
It’s 5pm on Sunday evening and luckily me and my tired feet have managed to get a seat in Euston station whilst I wait for my train home. I decided to offer my time this weekend as a volunteer at the 13th annual Mouth Cancer Awareness walk in Hyde Park. “Why are you doing that?” I’ve been asked …..”why not !?” I say. I’m so glad I did it, it’s been a great day.
Hyde Park is a beautiful setting for the event, how lucky if you live in London to have such a picturesque place to walk, cycle or run in. Full of flowers, wildlife and the people watching opportunities are endless. I was up early to get across London to help set up for the walk, arriving at 8.45am I met the organisers and other volunteers and we quickly got to work setting up the area ready for the arrival of the participants later in the morning.
The walk was started to raise funds for the charity and also to help raise awareness of mouth cancer and spread the word about prevention and early detection. Hundreds of people of all ages came to take part including survivors of the disease.
I was one of the team registering people, giving out water, t-shirts and then goodie bags at the end. There was a mobile screening unit where people could have free mouth checks and a survivor came on stage to tell her story. You couldn’t help but get emotional hearing her journey and then thinking of those who have lost their lives as a role call was read for some of the people being remembered.
It was great seeing everyone’s faces as they crossed the finish and being able to congratulate them, a brilliant day for a brilliant cause.
I would definitely volunteer again for this or similar events, I get a real kick from the volunteering work I have been lucky enough to be involved in and will continue to do it when I can. I urge everyone to try it, there are loads of opportunities out there and whether it’s a day or an hour of your time you can give, someone somewhere will be grateful.
Here It Is Our Total Raised For Rough Runner – £1782.67
Thanks to everyone for their kind generosity and support.
To the team who ran the course you should all be super proud, we have smashed our target and all of us finished the course (with a few bumps and bruises).
All this money will go to providing dental care to the children of Morocco and the refugees in Lebanon, helping to end dental pain.
Here are some photos from the day…
Dental Mavericks Asni Trip
An Update From Our Very Own Dental Maverick Trustee, Michelle
I had a great trip last week, a very successful clinic. We were in Asni, a small town at the foot of atlas mountains. We did a trek in the mountains one day with a local guide, 3 hrs and tough terrain but this is the kind of walk the local people do all the time just to get to markets or to school !
Stunning scenery, wonderful people but sadly a poor area and so dental health care is not readily available and the diet is high in sugar, so rates of decay are very high. We worked in the local school and provided fluoride applications, did extractions and a few fillings, but extractions mainly due to the decay rates.
Everyone gets a toothbrush, toothpaste, oral hygiene instruction. Since we started the project 4 years ago ( now the 5th year) the rate of extractions we had to do has gone down. We work in partnership with the Eve Branson Foundation on this project.
Over the 3 days in clinic we carried out 436 fluoride applications and 298 extractions ( a very small amount of the 298 would be filling maybe 15 or so, so mostly extraction).