PIA Press Release
Sunday, January 15, 2012
Canadian dentists hold dental mission in Dagupanby Venus H. Sarmiento
DAGUPAN CITY, Pangasinan, Jan. 15 (PIA) -– A group of Canadian dentists are in Dagupan for a three–day dental mission at the University of Luzon (UL) campus that started on Friday, Jan. 13 until today.
The Kindness in Action (KIA) team, composed of a dozen dentists and volunteers, were welcomed in an opening ceremony Friday, before the actual dental clinic mission.
Dr. Barry Crowley, head of the delegation, said this is the second time that the group is visiting the Philippines. The first was in 2005 during their Southeast Asian trip.
Crowley said KIA started in 1993 but was organized into a group in 1994 with a group of medical people that went to Nicaragua. From then on the dental mission has grown overwhelmingly, he said.
“From seven people, the group now has 250 members,” Crowley said. This year, the group will be doing 23 missions all over the world including South America, Central America, Cambodia and the Philippines. The group has also conducted missions in Africa in the past years.
Crowley said the dentists pay for their trip from their own pockets while KIA pays for all the dental materials and equipment needed for the mission.
The group also gets donations back home from “some people who want to go but just could not.” The supply house in Canada has been generous to them and a couple of charity groups donate to KIA, he explained.
“There are a lot of generous people around the world, like you people here. You give up a lot and do so much. You make us feel so welcome coming here,” Crowley gushed.
Very notable among the dentists is their appreciation for the hospitality and generosity of Dagupenos.
“We are all taken aback by the kindness and hospitality of the people here. Excellent reception!” said retired dentist Michael Myer, the head of the delegation to Philippines in the 2005 visit.
Dr. Carmelo Vidal, director of the National Service Training Program of the University of Luzon, said the group is set to visit Brgy. Payas in Sta. Barbara town, one of UL’s partner communities. The school has also arranged a river cruise ride and a tour of the capitol complex in Lingayen town as an expression of gratitude to the dentists. (JCR/VHS-PIA 1 Pangasinan)