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Our team of medical volunteers are ready to perform cleft lip and palate surgery on children all around the world. It takes as little as $240 and as few as 45 minutes to provide a bright, beautiful new smile and an even brighter future to a child born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

You can make a difference. Please donate today and help give more children a smile that will last forever.


Your ongoing support helps Operation Smile Australia save more lives and provide more surgeries to children in need around the world. 


It’s through the generosity of our medical volunteers and donors, and the awareness generated by the community volunteers that make Operation Smile Australia successful. 

Our Promises to You

If you choose to leave Operation Smile Australia a gift in your will, we promise to:

  • Honour your wishes
  • Honour your privacy – we will only give recognition if you are comfortable with that.
  • Ensure your gift is used in the best way possible.
  • Provide updates to family or friends on how your gift has been used, should you wish for this to occur.
  • Respect that a decision as important as this needs time – how and when you choose to write it is personal to you.
  • Understand that you might change your mind – circumstances can change and you have the freedom to reconsider your decision at any time.


Dear Friends,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to our upcoming Smile Gala. This gala dinner is an opportunity for us to come together to celebrate 40 years of Operation Smile around the world. In addition to dinner, dancing and entertainment, you will have an excellent opportunity to enter our event’s raffle and bid on premier items during the auction – we are sure you will find something that excites you! Money raised through the Smile Gala will benefit our medical programs and help ensure our continued success in providing the highest-quality of care to patients around the world.

  • Every 3 minutes a child is born somewhere in the world with a cleft lip or cleft palate.
  • As many as 9 in 10 children with an unrepaired cleft will die before their 20th birthday.

Our medical volunteers dedicate their time and expertise on missions to help provide exceptional surgical care to children with cleft and craniofacial conditions.

With your help, we can heal more children around the world. With your compassion and support, we can reach the children who still face the uncertainties of living with cleft conditions and facial deformities.

We thank you for your friendship and look forward to seeing you at the Smile Gala.


Dr Richard & Sue Lewandowski

Co-Founders, Operation Smile Australia



Our volunteers travel around the globe to help children in need. See where we are headed to next on our upcoming medical mission schedule.


Our medical volunteers make a difference in the lives of children with cleft lip and cleft palate every day. These professionals care for each of our patients as part of our extensive medical team.

For information about applying to volunteer as a medical volunteer please email [email protected]


You already do amazing things. As a fundraiser for Operation Smile Australia, you can inspire others to support what you do in the name of helping children across the world.

For information about fundraising opportunities please email [email protected]

Leave a Legacy

At Operation Smile Australia we believe that every child has the right to the same start in life as any other.  In as little as 45 minutes we can make a difference. A gift in your will can support our ongoing work providing cleft lip and cleft palate operations in over 60 countries.

Your legacy will help fund projects which otherwise may take many years to complete – a gift to Operation Smile Australia is a gift to the many children still waiting for surgery.


We know that your family and friends are your priority. However, after making provision for them please consider supporting Operation Smile Australia in your Will.

It is easy to leave a legacy whether making your first will or updating an existing will.

Whichever way you may choose to make or update your Will it is important that you include our full name.  Therefore, please specify that you are leaving your gift to ‘Operation Smile Australia, Registered Charity No:1379.’

Leaving a charity legacy to Operation Smile Australia is a wonderful way to ensure that future generations of children around the world continue to receive life changing surgery. Whatever its size, your gift really can make a big difference and any legacy you leave to Operation Smile Australia will be exempt from inheritance tax.

If you already have a will you can include a legacy to Operation Smile Australia by making a simple addition to your will (called a codicil). This should be straightforward and relatively inexpensive to arrange through your solicitor.

If you don’t yet have a will making a will is not difficult. It ensures you protect your loved ones and allows you to support causes you believe in. You can also use your will to appoint guardians for any minor children and set out your wishes for a funeral or service of remembrance.


You can find a solicitor in your area through the Law Society.  Alternately, you could contact the Institute of Professional Will writers.

Some solicitors and insurance companies also offer a Free Will Service.


Please be aware that there are different types of legacies.  Your solicitor will be able to help and advise you on which one would be best for you.

A gift of a percentage of your estate (residuary legacy) will usually make the biggest difference to us allowing us to help more children; it will keep its value better than a fixed sum of money (pecuniary legacy).  This is also an easy way to provide for the causes that are important to you after loved ones have been looked after in your will.

It is easy to leave a Gift in your Will but if you have any queries do not hesitate to discuss them with us. You can contact us by phone on (07) 3163 2866 or by email at [email protected]

Your legacy will make a lasting contribution to our long-term success and the lives of those that benefit from your gift.

After making or updating your Will please do not forget to let know that you have included us in your Will.  We would like to thank you.