The Miss Universe Organization Partners with Smile Train to Help Children with Cleft Lips

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The Miss Universe Organization and Smile Train, the world’s largest cleft charity, have announced a partnership to help raise awareness of the issues faced by children living with cleft lips!

According to PR Newswire, this will allow the reigning Miss Universe and international titleholders to get involved with Smile Train’s global initiatives in the 85+ countries where the charity helps children. “We truly believe in what Smile Train represents – hope, joy, perseverance and transformation,” said Paula M. Shugart, President of The Miss Universe Organization. “We are extremely proud to work with an organization that is committed to delivering a positive impact to the communities in which we work, and are steadfast in our commitment to help support their efforts and long-term sustainability.”

Since its start in 1999, Smile Train has provided more than one million cleft repair surgeries across the world. In support of Smile Train, Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will meet with Smile Train’s Country Director for the Philippines, Kimmy Flaviano, while she is visiting Manila next week. She will be able to learn more about the organization’s efforts and Smile Train’s local partners.

“I look forward to my homecoming next week and helping to kick-off our organization’s new partnership with Smile Train,” Pia said. “As Miss Universe, I look forward to lending my voice and a helping hand to continue to raise awareness for children born with cleft lip and palate in the developing world, including my home country, the Philippines.”

This partnership is a great opportunity for Miss Universe and the entire organization to use their major platform to bring awareness and assist Smile Train as they continue to help children all over the world! To learn more about Smile Train’s work  and to make a donation, please visit smiletrain.org!

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