The team at Bella Dental Care, with Dr Peter Mansour.
Sitting your HSC is hard enough for any young student, but imagine being in so much pain it is impossible to concentrate.
Sam* was facing this very problem. After a family breakdown that threatened to leave him homeless, Sam entered Barnardos Auburn temporary accommodation program and was studying for his HSC and working part time while helping to care for his younger sister.
As well as overcoming so many challenges in his young life, Sam was silently suffering – so many of his teeth were rotten that it became too painful to eat and he never smiled. The pain got so bad that he couldn’t go to school.
Mary Haiek, Centre Manager for Barnardos Children’s Family Centre at Auburn approached long time supporters, Bella Dental Care at Baulkham Hills, to see if they could help this brave young man.
“Bella Dental Care has supported Barnardos Auburn for a number of years, meeting the oral health needs of the children, young people and parents we work with," she said.
"Many people like Sam can’t afford to see a dentist and can’t wait months for treatment. After we spoke to Dr Peter Mansour and the team at Bella Dental Care they assessed Sam and didn’t hesitate to help him without any payment. His dental needs were enormous - he needed many teeth removed and dentures made and fitted and the team have gone above and beyond to support him through his entire treatment. Thanks to Bella Dental Care, Sam now smiles from ear to ear!”
Dr Peter Mansour of Bella Dental Care feels it is vital to support families, children and young people in crisis in the local community.
“Doing charity work is very humbling. It reminds me that sometimes we are victims of our circumstances and that material possessions do not make someone a better person. I think it is very important to give back, especially to the most vulnerable in our community. I believe that every child should be given the opportunity to grow and succeed. Through Barnardos we can help to put a smile on their face.”
Barnardos Australia would like to thank Bella Dental Care for their continued support in helping us improve the lives of our children and young people.
*not his real name