Teenager is the voice of national campaign

Posted by / Tuesday 21 June 2016 /
Megan in recording studio

17-year-old aspiring actor, Megan, is the voice of a new campaign to spread the word about children’s oral health.

Megan has lent her voice to a TV ad launching an eight-week-long campaign to raise money to create oral health workshops across the UK.

Ten thousand children across the UK will benefit from oral health workshops from leading charity Action for Children and its partnership with The Wrigley Company Ltd.

Megan got involved in the project because she wanted to give something back to Action for Children for supporting her. The teenager, who found her foster carers through the charity, loves film, singing and digital art and this was her first voiceover and the start of her acting career.

Megan record studio

Megan said: “Being the ‘voice’ of the campaign is a fantastic opportunity that just doesn’t happen to children like me. Before finding my foster parents I didn’t think I would have a safe place to call home or that anyone would care if I could make my dreams come true. That changed when Sue and Derrick welcomed me to their home. I struggled throughout school and then I was diagnosed with autism which made my life easier. The diagnosis meant that I got the support that I needed.

“Hearing my voice on television is both weird and exciting! I’m so thankful to everyone who made this a reality for me.  I hope the ad will inspire people to give money to a project that can really make a difference to children and young people like me.”

Supported by Wrigley’s Extra Smile Back Project, a total of 690 educational sessions in the charity’s children centres and family support services, endorsed by the Oral Health Foundation will take place over a 12-month period from August 2016 to August 2017. Each child will also be kitted out with a specialist dental kit including a toothbrush, toothpaste and timer to encourage brushing.

Liz Rowe, Operations Director at Action for Children, said: “Too many children continue to be badly affected by poor oral health – but being able to smile with confidence is important for a child’s self-esteem and lifelong physical health.

“Our fun and informative workshops will aim to provide the opportunity for children and families to develop a better understanding of the importance of oral health and the practical tools they need to maintain it.”

 

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