Farewell Operation Smile fundraiser held by graduating club leaders



Jack Fedor, Natomas Pacific Pathways Preparatory

The Operation Smile-affiliated club at Natomas Pacific Pathways Prep (NP3) held an on-campus fundraiser on May 2 in which the club sold pizza during the lunch period.

The event to benefit Operation Smile – a global organization founded in 1982 to provide cleft surgeries for children – was the last club-hosted fundraiser of the school year at NP3. This year was the first with new guidelines that allowed only on-campus club fundraisers.

The fundraiser also was one of the last efforts for the leaders of the Operation Smile-affiliated club, Alishba Munir and Harkiran Kaur, who are graduating seniors.

“The goal of this fundraiser [was] to raise money for children in underprivileged areas around the world to have safe and free surgery for cleft lips,” said Munir.

“With nearly four decades of experience as one of the largest surgical volunteer-based nonprofits, Operation Smile staff, its private-public partnerships and thousands of volunteers have improved the health and dignity of patients with cleft conditions, helping them to better breathe, eat, speak, and live lives of greater quality and confidence,” says the “About” page on the Operation Smile website.

The NP3 Operation Smile club was started this school year and became the third club affiliated with larger organizations, following the founding of clubs affiliated with UNICEF and the Sikh Honors and Service Society.