Peebles dental team prepares for 2020 Indonesia charity trip

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A dental team from Peebles is preparing to visit Indonesia to help children living in poverty. Members of staff from Ros Kerr Dental Surgery will visit the Indonesian island of Bali in 2020 to offer dental screening services and oral health education.

To raise money for the project, which will take place in spring next year, the team has launched a fundraising drive, with an aim of raising £8,000 in the next 12 months. The money will enable the group, which comprises dentists, Andrew Durning and Carolina Landivar and dental nurses, Sara Gilmer and Kate Hill, to provide care for around 2,000 children and their carers. The funds will pay for flights, as well as dental supplies and equipment.

The team has already raised £1,500 and they have a host of events and activities in the pipeline, including a games night at Cardrona Village Hall on the 23rd March and a car boot sales and a craft fair at Cavalry Park on April 28th.

Sara said that she was inspired to get involved with the project by a visit to Africa in 2011. While Sara was there to build cooking shelters, she noticed that nobody had access to dental care, and she decided that she wanted to use her skills and training to help others. In 2016, Sara and Carolina worked together as part of a team providing services at a dental camp in Africa, and now the duo is looking forward to 2 more colleagues joining them in Indonesia in 2020.

Research suggests that up to 70% of children in Bali have tooth decay.

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