Rose Doherty '18 attended World Health Day U-Lead for Operation Smile on Saturday, April 1, at Lawrence High School in Lawrenceville.
The goal of the event, which was attended by over 45 students from around the state, was to spread awareness about Operation Smile and how to become more involved in the organization.
Rose was introduced to Operation Smile in middle school when her cousin attended a mission trip to Nepal on behalf of the organization.
“When he came back, he told me so many inspiring stories. These made me want to become involved as well,” she said.
“I joined the Operation Smile club at the Mount my freshman year and immediately fell in love with it. I have always loved children and helping out my community, and was very happy that Operation Smile combines both of these.”
Since her freshman year at Mount Saint Mary Academy, Rose has attended the Operation Smile Summit, U-Lead, as well as the International Student Leadership Conference (ISLC) 2016 in San Diego, California.
“I am fortunate enough to be going to Rome, Italy in July for both Summer Mission Training and ISLC 2017,” she reported.
During World Health Day U-Lead on April 1, Rose learned, “We listened to a few students give presentations about Operation Smile. One option is to join the Regional Leadership Council (RLC) or the National Leadership Council (NLC), both of which help to spread awareness and plan fundraisers to benefit Operation Smile on a regional and national level.”
“This is the first step you will need to complete in order to go on a mission,” she explained. “At this conference, students from all over the world meet at a different college campus and learn leadership skills, compete in team-bonding activities, and listen to keynote speakers.”
“After ISLC, the next step would be to apply for mission training. After we heard about the application process, four girls gave their mission trip presentation. Each girl presented on where she went (such as China, Bolivia, and Paraguay), what she did there, and patient stories – all of which were very inspiring,” added Rose.
“After hearing their inspirational stories, I am very excited to attend my mission later this year and to make a difference in the same ways that these girls have,” she concluded.
(photo by Marion Drew)