I love children, maybe because I am an only child and maybe that’s the reason why I ended up having my kids at an early age, but not all children are fortunate to have a good life. Specially those children who have disabilities, they are also so close to my heart. After my mom’m foot got amputated 2 years ago, I realized that life is really beautiful and we all should help children who are in need.

That is why  total of 60 children will now be able to get  life-changing cleft palate surgery as  Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins licensees across the region successfully held “Dunkin’ Smile Tank,” a fundraiser that generated  US15000,  including a $5,000 USD donation from Dunkin’ Brands Inc., the parent company of Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins.

The fundraiser took place at the Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins regional conference in Manila. Licensees from across the region made a donation to Operation Smile for the opportunity to throw a ball at a target to dunk a member of the Dunkin’ Brands Leadership Team.

“As part of our regional meeting in Manila, we felt it was important to find a way to give back to the communities we serve throughout the region,” said Bill Mitchell, president, Dunkin’ Brands International. “We decided to partner with Operation Smile as it’s an organization that helps bring smiles to children across the region and is a cause that our licensees have supported over the years.”

Over the past 2 years, Baskin-Robbins licensees have donated over $10,000 USD to Operation Smile, which is equivalent to 41 surgeries for children and young adults in need.

“We’re honored to continue our support of Operation Smile,” said NameetaDargani, vice president of marketing, Baskin-Robbins Philippines. “This fundraiser demonstrates the generosity of the regional Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins licensees, and the commitment to give back all the way up to the leadership level at Dunkin’ Brands.”

Operation Smile is an international medical charity that has provided hundreds of thousands of free surgeries for children and young adults in developing countries who are born with cleft lip, cleft palate or other facial deformities.

“The support we receive from partners like Dunkin’ Donuts and Baskin-Robbins helps make the important work we do possible,” said Timothy Lu, director of strategic partnerships, Operation Smile Philippines. “This donation will help us fund additional life-changing surgeries that will give children the ability to smile and share their joy with the world.”

For more information about Operation Smile or to make a donation, please visit www.OperationSmile.org.ph.

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