Project to help fund custom-made mouth guards

2017-07-20 06:01
=Ralph Meintjes from Adopt A Smile project shows some of the custom-made mouth guards manufactured for local rugby players.                     Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

=Ralph Meintjes from Adopt A Smile project shows some of the custom-made mouth guards manufactured for local rugby players. Photo:HEILIE COMBRINCK

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“Imagine this is happening to your brain...”

Ralph Meintjes took a bottle half filled with water, placed a potato inside, closed the lid and shook it.

The demonstration is about concussion awareness and his Adopt A Smile project to supply custom-made mouth guards to sports players from local schools.

“Whenever you are tackled hard on a rugby field or fall on the soccer or hockey field and hit your head, your brain takes a lot of shock and it can be severely injured,” said Meintjes.

“Over-the-counter mouth guards do not provide the necessary safety. Custom-made mouth guards can prevent injuries like cerebral haemorrhages, jaw fractures, even head and neck injuries and it can prevent the lower jaw being wedged into the upper jaw.”

He will be launching the Adopt A Smile project with the theme “Safety Belt of the Mind” on Friday, 28th and Saturday 29th at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre. The aim is to inform scholars (Friday) and businesspersons (Saturday) of the project. All proceeds will go towards the manufacturing of custom-made mouth guards for rugby and hockey players from seven local schools.

Meintjes is a qualified dental technologist with 23 years of experience in the dentistry industry. He also is the founder of Adopt A Smile, which he started after realising how many people cannot afford to have critical dental procedures done.

“The primary object of the project is to provide these much needed services at little or no cost to community members. In doing so, we are dependent on fundraising efforts and sponsorships,” said Meintjes.

Therefore past learners as well as the public are invited to donate tickets online at and nominate a high school to which it should go. This will be towards funding custom-made mouth guards for the specific school/s nominated.

“We would like to thank the principals of the seven schools involved for their assistance with the project,” said Meintjes.

Motivational speaker: Anthony Noble

.On Friday, July 28th from 19:00-21:00 the Restored Identity Youth Explosion will be held at the Uitenhage Indoor Sports Centre. The speakers include artist and motivational speaker Anthony Noble.

.On Saturday, July 29th from 09:00-11:00 a partnership breakfast will be held at the same venue. Businesspersons wishing to get involved in the project are invited to attend. The cost is R120 per person.

  • Enquiries: 041 961 0022 or 084 637 1808.

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