Dusit Thani Dubai and Dusit Princess City Centre Dubai have both joined the Dusit International Corporate CSR programme to raise money for Operation Smile by supporting fund raising activities for international projects in Ethiopia and Kenya.In 2010, Dusit International raised more than US$ 32,000 for Operation Smile Thailand – Dusit International in the Middle East supports Operation Smile in Ethiopia and Kenya, and the Dubai hotels have embarked on a concerted campaign for 2011 to raise awareness and money to help change young lives in Africa.Simple activities like smiling, eating and speaking are virtually impossible for children born with facial deformities such as cleft lips and cleft palates. Yet, owing to the efforts of Operation Smile, a worldwide foundation that provides operations and medical assistance for such conditions, millions of children are able to do so. The first events held to raise funds were in collaboration with expatwoman.com and Mark Wilkinson Kitchens. Dusit Thani Dubai sponsored the ladies cooking event in December with a festive themed demonstration and recipes. In January 2011, Dusit Princess City Centre Thai executive chef Poonsak and his team created traditional Thai dishes for the ladies, and demonstrated the art of Thai fruit carving.The amount raised for the two events will change the lives of at least two to four children, covering the cost of surgery and recovery – as little as US$240 and 45 minutes can change a life.
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