More than 450 people are smiling brighter after receiving free dental care throughout the county last Saturday. During Lumino Day 2019, a team of around 100 Lumino The Dentists clinical staff from 40 practices, including the Wanaka clinic, and 150 support staff helped treat selected patients for free to the value of more than $150,000. The annual day of giving back to the community has provided a treatment value of more than $1 million to thousands of smiles since its inception in 2013.
Lumino again partnered up with Carers NZ during last weekend’s event; Carers NZ is the national body that provides information, advice, learning and support to family carers.
Carers NZ states that more than 420,000 people in New Zealand are reported to be caring for a family member who is sick or with a disability, which has often translated to a major loss of income and up to 30 hours of additional unpaid care work every week. With this knowledge, the team set the day aside for St John New Zealand staff members and unpaid carers to visit their local Lumino dentist to have their basic dental treatment completed for free.
John Stent, Lumino The Dentists general manager of operations, said Lumino Day is a prime opportunity to return a kind service back to people who selflessly give their time to help others in need.
“We are aware that oral health is often something that gets left behind, so we do like to think that, although we may have only seen some patients for a limited amount of time, that the impact and the education we can give is lasting and contributes to their overall health,” said Stent.
Lumino Day is one of the largest free dental events in New Zealand.