Charity literally brings smiles to children's faces

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 17 January, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 17 January, 2008, 12:00am

While big sister Kathy is mired in bad press, actress Niki Chow Lai-kei decided to do some good work serving as an ambassador for the charity Operation Smile. At the APM mall on Tuesday, Chow helped launch a new fund-raising campaign where customers who make any purchase of cosmetics brand Ipsa can get a cute teddy-bear key chain for an additional HK$45, and that money will go towards helping children born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

'On my recent trip to China with Operation Smile, I got to meet many young kids born with a deformed lip or jaw,' Chow said. 'Some had tubes implanted between their nose and mouth to help them talk and eat properly. Often, their parents are poor and they are kept hidden at home for the shame. As the charity's ambassador, it has made me aware of their plight and I hope I can make more people realise these children exist. With enough money, they can undergo the operation so they can smile. So if you buy this teddy bear you can make yourself beautiful inside and out.'

So which local personality does Chow think possesses the best smile? 'I would say Chow Yun-fat.' Asked what she thinks of frequent co-star and rumoured romantic link Kevin Cheng Ka-wing's dimpled grin, she wisely said, 'I'm not answering that one.'