Central bash aims to help bring smiles to mainland

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 10 May, 2007, 12:00am

The China mission of Operation Smile decided to throw a fund-raising party at Armani Bar for the launch of their Hong Kong and China website on Tuesday.

Admittedly, it's not much of an excuse to raise money (really, are they expecting people to bookmark the link?). But you can't deny the good work they do, organising medical missions in which volunteer doctors perform reconstructive cleft-lip and palate surgery for the poor in all regions of the world.

Although the rowdy bar and trendy Central crowd is not quite Sir David Akers-Jones' scene, as chairman of the charity he was pleased to kick off the raffle and auction with celebrity ambassador Niki Chow Lai-kei. 'Two weekends ago I was in Zhengzhou ,' Sir David said. 'We met some 700 children who need this operation. We were able to give it to about 200 of them. So that tells you how much need there is to get physicians trained and to find volunteers.'

At the bash on Tuesday night HK$60,000 was raised. Here's the local website to bookmark: www.operationsmile.org.hk