Today is Global Parents Day. A day to appreciate parents worldwide, for their selfless and lifelong sacrifice of nurture and protection. For some it will be a day to be grateful. For others, a day to reflect. Those that are parents should of course take the opportunity to consider their own family environment, it is after all our responsibility as parents to ensure an atmosphere of happiness, love and safety at home for our children.

Today has prompted me to consider some of what I believe to be are the key qualities of parenting. Not an easy job and not one I pretend to be perfect at, but a job I take seriously, nonetheless.

I believe the secret ingredient to any family environment is to love endlessly. My children are in no doubt about how much I care for them. I tell them and show them as often as I can, as does their Dad and we’re all very open, expressing our love for one another every day.  This isn’t something I grew up with, so raising a family surrounded by love has always and will always be my number one priority.

As Business Ambassador to a charity named Operation Smile UK, on Global Day Of Parents, I’d like to share with you a story, a true story, one that reminds us all of the selfless struggle and endless love of a parent. Their names are Alex and Adilia Guerrero, who live in Honduras and it begins with the birth to their son César, born with a cleft lip and cleft palate. On the day of their sons birth, the doctor advised these loving parents to avoid letting people see their baby, for it would be traumatic for everybody.

As a parent, the act of loving and expressing gratitude to your child is a gift that should never be withheld. I believe this to be the most important quality of parenting of them all.

In the 20-year history of Operation Smile Honduras, their medical volunteers have delivered free cleft surgery to more than 4,500 patients. However for most of this time, all too many patients born with cleft conditions were not able to get surgery when they were babies, which is the ideal age range for the best results.  

In 2014, there were about 1,000 cleft cases remaining in the country and many of those potential patients were adults, teens and children. Together with Operation Smile Honduras, they made a commitment to find them and end their needless suffering by making sure they receive the safe and effective surgery they deserve. 

Supported by medical missions and the ongoing care provided at Operation Smile Honduras’ care centre, a strategy was put into motion to identify and recruit potential patients, many of them among the poorest and hardest-to-reach in the country.  

We’re proud to report that the effort was successful. Now, the remaining patients in Honduras who need surgery are nearly all babies and toddlers. For the first time in the country’s history, Operation Smile has made sure that cleft surgery in Honduras is truly safe, effective and timely. On May 11, 2017, Operation Smile Co-Founder and CEO Dr. Bill Magee made the historic announcement alongside the President and First Lady of Honduras. 

Though these heroes have reached this historic milestone, their work is far from done and they work tirelessly across the world to end the suffering of many other families just like Alex Guerrero and his wife, Adilia’s.

Expert Recruits have committed to donating the funds required to change the life of 25 children since we launched the business just two months ago. I shall be personally donating a percentage of our profits each and every month to Operation Smile UK and nothing gives me greater pleasure.

We’re working hard to provide exceptional levels of service to our wonderful clients and candidates here, but also to help provide safe surgeries that changes the lives of children and families around the world – now that really is something to smile about.

In honour of Global Parents Day, you can help make a difference. Please donate today and help more children benefit from the wonderful work that Operation Smile do. It takes as little as £150 and as few as 45 minutes to provide a bright, beautiful new smile and an even brighter future to a child born with a cleft lip or cleft palate.

Please give whatever you can…