Cassian Tulleken and Marcel Bovjin are trekking up the West Coast of Africa to Croatia to raise much-needed funds for Operation Smile, gifting smiles to 20 children.


Cape Town, South Africa – Two 24-year olds from Kommetjie, Cassian Tulleken and Marcel Bovjin, are riding their motorbikes up the west coast of Africa to Croatia to raise funds for Operation Smile. Their goal is to raise R110,000, which will secure 20 new smiles.

Operation Smile, founded in 1982 by plastic surgeon, Dr William Magee Jr and his wife, Kathleen, a nurse and clinical social worker, was established as a medical mission to provide surgery for children born with cleft lip and palate conditions.

Today, Operation Smile is an international medical charity whose global network of thousands of credentialed medical volunteers from more than 80 countries is dedicated to helping improve the health and lives of children from more than 60 countries. It has provided more than 220,000 free surgical procedures for children and young adults born with cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities. For more information, click here.

Did you know? One in every 700 children born in SA is born with cleft lip and cleft palate, and it takes as little as 45 minutes to repair a cleft lip.

Cassian and Marcel are currently in Cameroon and planning their next leg of the trip to Nigeria. So far, they have managed to raise R22,000.00 towards their final goal. They are hoping to reach the goal before they get to Croatia.

You can follow their journey via their Facebook page or donate to their cause here.


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Here’s a basic outline of our anticipated route. We’ve planned it so that we know the location of highlights and activities we hope to see but will plan our route daily or as we ride so as not to feel pressured into achieving an illusory goal. Trip Update: Our bike repairs have taken longer than expected and as a result we’ve had to push our departure to sometime early next week. While we’re both frothing to get on the road and begin this adventure, we’re super positive about the delay and taking it as a sign to consolidate, fine-tune, and decompress before we head off! #westcoastwander #motorcycle #klr650

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