Kyle raises funds for smiles

2016-09-13 06:00
Going more than a mile for the miracle of a smile is Kyle Cato from Kenilworth, a 15-year-old scout with a heart of gold.

Going more than a mile for the miracle of a smile is Kyle Cato from Kenilworth, a 15-year-old scout with a heart of gold.

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Going more than a mile for the miracle of a smile is Kyle Cato, a 15-year-old scout from Kenilworth with a heart of gold.

This youngster has a seven-year track record of helping people in need and now he has turned his attention to the Fair Cape Dairies/Operation Smile campaign to raise money for lifesaving cleft palate and cleft lip operations.

Lashies has allowed me to sell the key rings I have been making to raise money for Operation Smile, says Kyle.

Lashies marketing spokesperson Michelle says: “When we heard about the drive to collect plastic bottle caps for recycling to raise money for even more operations, we decided to put collection points in all of the stores as well.” 

This fund-raising effort is not a first for Kyle. He was the first scout in South Africa to be awarded the Messenger of Peace badge as a result of his efforts raising funds for eight wheelchairs for children.

He also received the bronze level President’s Award for charity and community work and named the LeadSA youth hero for July.

“My scout troop helps me to complete projects,” he adds.

“We are all working towards advancement levels which include many hours of community service.

“I am happy when I have completed something that will make people feel better. My motto is to “do unto others as you want to be done unto yourself”, so give help to others. If you do good, good will come back to you.”

The Operation Smile bottle top campaign was started in 2015 by The Fair Cape Capes Foundation.

“Last year we raised enough money to give four children life-changing surgery,” says Louis Loubser, from Fair Cape Dairies.

“We believe in doing the right thing by giving back to our communities, and I’m looking forward to see how many more children we will be able to help in this year’s campaign which officially ends on World Smile Day in October. It is so inspiring to hear about young men like Kyle who are inspired to join us and to make a difference.”

 - Bottle caps can be dropped off at all branches of Lashies in the peninsula.

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