Kate honoured to be ambassador for cleft palate charity

Published 15/01/2014 | 05:36

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Smile Ambassador Kate Carmody.

A NORTH Kerry woman born with a cleft palate said she feels 'honoured' in her new role as an ambassador for a charity helping children in the developing world overcome the condition.

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Beale woman Kate Carmody - best known for the remarkable success of her Béal Organic Cheese business - was this week announced as a 'Smile Ambassador' for Operation Smile Ireland; the charity that provides free surgeries for children born with cleft lips and palates in the developing world.

It's a hugely important issue for Kate who was born with the condition herself but was lucky enough to live in a part of the world where treatment was straightforward and accessible.

"Operation Smile transforms the lives of children born with clefts," Kate said.

"I have had the good fortune to live in a part of the world where access to treatment is quite straightforward. I feel honoured at becoming an ambassador for the charity in Ireland.

Simple surgery can 'radically' improve the lives of children born with cleft palates, Kate said as she urged others to support the work of Operation Smile.

The charity has provided free surgery to more than 160,000 children across the world since it was founded in 1982.

"I am committed to playing my part in raising awareness and money, so that more children around the world can get the treatment they need to radically improve their quality of life," Kate said.

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