Ballinteer native Gwen Sizun is one of six dentistry students who will travel to Nepal on Wednesday this week (June 29).
The students intend to give impoverished rural communities in Nepal some free dental aid and education on dental care.
Gwen (24) is currently a fourth-year dentistry student at Dublin Dental University Hospital. She lives in Ballinteer with her mum Ciara and sister, Audrey, and says she is really looking forward to the trip which will be for two weeks.
“We will be treating Nepalese people who have very little or no access to dental care; we will provide immediate dental care, preventative treatments and education free of charge,” said Gwen.
The group will be traveling and working with a non-profit organisation called ‘Around Good People’.
“We hope to set up and rent an ad hoc temporary clinic and surgery outside Katmandu,” said Gwen. “We will be bringing restoration materials and supplies from Ireland as well as toothbrushes, paste, dental care products, etc.
“We want to make use of our training and college skills and use them to help those less fortunate in Nepal, where so many rural communities just don’t have any form of dental care at all.
“We hope within the two weeks to treat as many Nepalese as possible. In April last year, I did the ice bucket challenge every day for the month and raised €5,140 towards the trip.
“But we need more funding, and so another dentistry student in Dublin, Lydia Coyne (22), has set up a GoFundMe page ‘Dental Aid Nepal’– you can contribute at https://www.gofundme.com/f/g2uq8-dental-aid-nepal
“All contributions will be much appreciated and put to good use in Nepal where dental care is non existent in some areas,” concluded Gwen.
All funds raised will go towards the training of community volunteers, interpreters, medicines, dental supplies and any dental costs incurred in providing treatment.