What do you get when you have 15 volunteers from Waikato’s Commercial ASB team for a day? A combination of 486 ghosts, spiders and butterflies that encourage children to turn up to their dentist appointments.
The ASB group chose to volunteer for Waikato DHB’s oral health team because making dental critters for kids was a fun way to give back to their community and appealed to everyone.
Waikato DHB’s manager of hospitality support services Donna Craig-Brown said: “This was our second group to have volunteered their time and skills to this project, and so far they hold the world record for the most critters.
“We really appreciate Waikato Commercial ASB’s support and would like to thank them greatly as we’re sure these critters will bring a smile to every child who will receive one at the dentist.”
The community oral health team have a very high number of children that do not attend their appointments. The critters are a good way to motivate them to attend and they are a nice reminder to take care of their teeth.
Waikato DHB’s dental health team services reach about 68,000 children across the Waikato, of which 27,000 are pre-schoolers.
The team need about 27,000 little critters each year.
If you are interested in volunteering for a day or making these critters from home to donate please contact Donna.CraigBrown@waikatodhb.health.nz.