Miles for Smiles – Cipla Foundation South Africa

Miles for Smiles was formed to assist Operation Smile in creating awareness for the plight of children born with cleft lips and palates and raise funds to perform corrective surgery on them. The initiative has a fundamental aim, to inspire and challenge individuals to go out and make a difference in the lives of those around them, by challenging themselves to achieve the impossible.

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David Grier


David was born on the 16th of January 1960 into a Cape wine farming family in South Africa, here his love of the outdoors, food, wine and adventure began. He set out to take all his passions to the extreme and explore the limits of the human mind and body.

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Quick Facts

  • One in 10 of children born with a cleft will die before their first birthday.
  • Approximately one in every 1000 babies in Africa is born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
  • A cleft lip or cleft palate operation and follow up care costs approximately R5500.
  • Operation Smile works in 13 countries in Africa. More than 5,000 medical professionals from around the world volunteer with Operation Smile.

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