Sunday was a day of rest to allow the mission team to recharge after a week of intense work and travel.

The team which is preparing grant applications for “Más Sonrisas Para Colombia” (“More Smiles for Colombia”) held a press conference.  The objective of the project is to establish a permanent, year-round, multidisciplinary cleft care program in Pereira. The following made presentations and answered reporters’ questions:

  • Dr. Juan Carlos Restrepo, Director of Hospital Universitario San Jorge,
  • PDG Roger Whitcomb, Rotary District 7430 Rotaplast Coordinator,
  • Dr. Marie Tolarová, Executive Director, Craniofacial Team and Cleft Prevention Program at University of the Pacific,
  • Dr. Lina Rendón, Secretaria de Salud del Departamento de Risaralda,
  • Adriana Restrepo Gomez, Directora de Fundación Sonrie, and
  • Rafael Arbeláez, President of Club Rotario Perla del Otún.


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(Press Conference photos courtesy of Don Heebner)

This Rotaplast mission received TV news coverage as well.  Here Dr. Germán Betancur is being interviewed in the Pre-Op waiting room.