2010 the start of our journey.
After reading Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman and reaching 40 and over, it became obvious to my husband,Tony Gedge, and myself that although our lives were full and rewarding, it lacked purpose, a sort of gap that we needed to move into.
More importantly, I believe that purpose creates passion, fulfilment and helps your life flow with energy and adventure that goes beyond money.
Since that time, we have been working towards a sustainable oral health programme in Morocco, for children.
The original Mavericks took on our massive challenge in year one, need to be thanked. First off, as without them, the Dental Mavericks Charity would not have been born.
In no particular order …
Jaspal Sandhu (High Street Dental Practice) — he was put forward for the trip by his daughter, did not know any of the team and is now a valued member of the Mavericks’ family. He is a special guy who lifts a team up when most needed and always keeps his amazing sense of humour at all times.
In September 2015, Jas honoured Dental Mavericks by becoming a valued trustee.
Michael Oliver (Oliver’s Dental) — the stunning photography Michael has taken on our trips to Morocco has in no doubt grown the project quicker than expected.
Who can resist those amazing images, bringing to life our purpose and work in Morocco, but more importantly transferring into everyone’s hearts the beautiful smiles of the Moroccan children.
Chris Branfield (Castle Park Dental Care) — Chris did not hesitate year one in our fumbled first project and now is a valued trustee and advisor to the project, his passion for the kids of Morocco shines through each year and in 2012 he was our biggest fundraiser for Mavericks.
Teresa Day (Appledore Dental Clinic) — Teresa took the challenge with us in 2010 and has since been back in 2012 and 2016. She is a valued member of the team and her restorative work last year was a gift to the kids and put beautiful smiles back on their faces.
And Domien Doms!
Domien first introduced us to El Jebah way back in 2010, when he discovered the village on a cycling trip with his dad, and is a major communicator for our organisation. Using his gift of languages and charm he puts a smile on anyone’s face whatever the situation.
Who else ?
Richard Howarth joined Mavericks in 2011 and is now a trustee and advisor to the Charity, a much needed mentor on our monthly calls. Richard and his team at Smile Style Dental Care Centre have carried out some amazing fundraising projects. In 2012 Richard dived with sharks!
In 2013 the Smile Style team did a Smile Style Ride, Run and Row at their local gym, Virgin Active, Stafford, to El Jebha covering 1778 miles and raising over 1200 pounds for Dental Mavericks. Because of all that Richard was awarded the Maverick of Mavericks 2013.
Dental Mavericks is also now working with many practices, nurses and dentists who again will leave a legacy in Morocco in the years to come by taking children in the Rif and Atlas Mountains out of daily dental pain.
A massive task which takes commitment time and unbelievable energy from everyone involved.
I salute all of you, for your time and energy on these projects.
The legacy is the gift of oral health for children, given by the amazing team of Dental Mavericks .
We are collaborating with the Eve Branson Foundation who have projects set up in the Atlas to take the children from the village of Azni out of daily dental pain.
Finally, we are totally inspired by Rifcom.org, this group of extraordinary forward thinking people have invited Dental Mavericks to collaborate on projects where they have built schools and trust in rural communities of the Rif Mountains.
Co-Founder and Trustee