Globe and Mail Article About Our Jamaica Dental Outreach Program!
I’m very pleased to announce that Paul Waldie of the Globe and Mail has written about our Dental Outreach Program in Jamaica in today’s newspaper. Here’s a link to the article on the Globe and Mail‘s website and here’s the article as it appeared on page B4 in the Report on Business section. Sufficed to say, I’m very proud of all the volunteers, the dental supply companies (Henry Schein, Patterson, K-Dental) who are generously donating sundries, and Great Shape! Inc. and the Sandals Foundation for organizing this trip. I expect it to be the beginning of a very worthy endeavour and, of course, “the experience of a lifetime” 😉
Paul Waldie, “Lawyer recruits dentists, gathers donations to care for poor Jamaicans”, Globe and Mail (June 13 2015), B4.
The Donor: Michael Carabash
The Gift: Joining Canadian dentists with Jamaica’s 1000 Smiles Project
The Reason: To help impoverished people get dental care
Michael Carabash was attending an awards ceremony last year in Toronto when he heard a presentation by a dentist who had volunteered extensively in developing countries.
The dentist, Dr. Tim Milligan, said it had been the experience of his lifetime, recalled Mr. Carabash, a Toronto lawyer who specializes in legal work for dentists. “I thought, damn, I need one of those.”
A few months later, Mr. Carabash was on a holiday in Jamaica with his family when he struck up a conversation with Joseph Wright, an American who co-founded Great Shape!, a non-profit organization in Jamaica that works with the Sandals Foundation. Great Shape! runs a program called 1000 Smiles Project which brings in dentists from the United States and Britain as volunteers to provide free dental care to people in impoverished neighbourhoods.
When he returned home, Mr. Carabash began recruiting people to join the project, and 45 dentists, hygienists and support staff have volunteered. The group is heading to Jamaica for two weeks in August and Mr. Carabash has received donations from several dental supply companies. He is hoping to take an even larger group next year, including some dental students.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said.