Putting a smile on Sinesethu’s face


Sindile Gogoba and Sinesethu are all smiles today. Putting a smile on Sinesethu’s face By NOLUNGELO MKHATSHWA SINDILE Gogoba was worried that his daughter Sinesethu would ever be able to smile again after her braid caught fire on a paraffin heater at home. It was a cold winter night and Sinesethu was helping her gogo light ‘ the paraffin heater. When the heater suddenly burst into flames, it caused severe burns to her face and neck. Sinesethu remained at Frere Hospital in East London, in the Eastern Cape, for over a month as she underwent extensive facial surgery. Doctors removed skin from her leg to patch her face. Sindile said although the doctors did all they could, he was worried that his daughter would never smile again. Sinesethu is one of 1 600 000 of the country’s population who suffers from burn injuries. Unlike many who bear their scars for life, in 2017 Boxer Super stores, together with the Smile Foundation, offered its support to Sinesethu. The Smile Foundation helps children with any type of facial disorder, ran ging from burn wounds, to cleft lip to treatable facial paralysis. It provides expert reconstructive surgery for children under the age of 18 who cannot afford medical aid. Sindile, who is an employee at the Elliotdale Boxer Superstore, heard of this great project and contacted them. Boxer marketing director An drew Mills said: “We have taken it upon ourselves to reach out and restore hope to families by assist ing as many affected children.” Through the Smile Foundation Sinesethu had treatment at the Red Cross Hospital in the Eastern Cape. “My confidence has returned and now I have a real reason to smile again,” said 16 year old Sinesethu. You can also get involved by referring people who need help by visiting your nearest Boxer store.