|Residents had free dental service.|
|The Lions Den was packed.|
|Many thanks to the volunteers and sponsors who helped with this event. |
For the past 18 years, the Belize Mission Project has been brightening smiles across the country of Belize. 2009 was no different as the group of dental professionals arrived to assist with the protection of residents’ teeth. Stationed at the San Pedro Lions Den, the group of dentists has been working from Monday fixing the many dental problems. The group has been working from 8:00 a.m. and has seen hundreds of patients facing various dental issues.
Dr. Frank Whipps of the Belize Mission Project stated, “The dentists continue to come and lend their helping hand.” All expenses for the FREE dental clinic are incurred by the dentists themselves and this includes bringing their equipment down to Belize.
While on the island, the dentists spend their vacation cleaning, filling, replacing and extracting teeth. Friday is their last day and after that the dentists will enjoy activities across the island. Throughout the years that they have visited the country, the Belize Mission Project has assisted, not only to brighten smiles, but has contributed their efforts to the San Pedro PolyClinic and has made food donations too.
Another Belize Mission group will arrive in two week’s time to continue with the work. The project, which had its start in 1993, was originally known as “The Fishin’ Mission.” Their visit to La Isla Bonita would focus on two things: dental/medical mission work and professional fishing. Dr. Frank Whipps who is a practicing orthodontist in Centralia, Illinois teamed up with colleagues who had the same idea: to concentrate strictly on dental and medical mission work. With help from Mr. Will Lala, a longtime resident of San Pedro Town, the “Belize Mission Project” was formed.
The Belize Mission Project thanks their sponsors which include Amigos del Mar, Crystal, Tropic Air, San Pedro Lions Club, Wil Lala and Caribbean Villas.