Charity Puts Smiles On Dials
There is a lot of substance behind TV one’s Seven Sharp story featuring Kelly Dugan with his daughter who has Cerebral Palsy. (If you missed the segment, which aired on Friday the 20 th of February, the TVNZ on demand link is at the bottom of this article.
Kelly (pictured) is the founder and CEO of a truly wonderful, Christchurch based, charity called Smile Dial SmileDial is a registered charity that supports families who have a child with an ongoing medical condition and/or disability. As it says on its website “we put Smiles on the Dials of mums, dads and siblings (rather than focusing on the family member with special needs)"
“I understand that the ripple effect of having a child with special needs which flows through the entire family unit, mums, dads and other siblings. SmileDial has helped families smile through weekend escapes for families, weekend escapes for dads, champagne breakfasts for mums, movies days for teenaged siblings of special children, support person flights to Starship Hospital, financial assistance, grocery vouchers,and so much more,” reveals Kelly.
SmileDial has been involved in many amazing projects such as flying a dad from the lower South Island to be at his daughter’s side in Starship hospital where she had been with her unwell child for months. SmileDial distributed 600 Christmas presents to families who have a child with special needs and organised local artists to transform a drab area in Christchurch Hospital into “The Butterfly” room with a huge mural, artworks and lighting. SmileDial even surprised a dad with a 45 minute ride in a 1957 Vampire Jet, just to put a Smile on his Dial.
Go to the SmileDial website www.smiledial.co.nz. to register for membership promotions and be in with a chance to receive a SmileDial random act of kindness
To the Seven Sharp story on TVNZ demand Click Here