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Session goers get look at international activities

Orlando, Fla.—International volunteer activities and the ADA's campaign to help rebuild dental offices damaged or destroyed by January's earthquake in Haiti are being showcased at the Volunteer Celebration Area at the ADA annual session Oct. 9-11 at the Orange County Convention Center.

The Bois Verna dental office of Drs. Geraldine Delince, Didier Blaise and Steve Williams was destroyed by the earthquake that rocked Haiti in January
Starting over: Above, the Bois Verna dental office of Drs. Geraldine Delince, Didier Blaise and Steve Williams was destroyed by the earthquake that rocked Haiti in January.

Annual session attendees can visit the large display tent in the center of the celebration area on the floor of the World Marketplace Exhibition to get an up-close look at the portable dental equipment typically used in volunteer settings. The portable dental equipment display is provided by A-dec of Newberg, Ore. The tented area will also feature a multimedia display with images of international dental volunteers.

"Oral health care volunteers are true dignitaries of leadership through their service," said A-dec’s Paula Vogel. "A-dec is proud to be a member of the dental community and to be able to support the volunteers."

After annual session, the ADA will donate the 10 by 20 foot tent, to the Beyond Borders/Haiti's Tents for Haiti campaign, for use as a classroom for schoolchildren affected by the earthquake.

Also at the Volunteer Celebration Area, the Health Volunteers Overseas booth will be taking on-site donations to Adopt-a-Practice: Rebuilding Dental Offices in Haiti, a joint program of the ADA Division of Global Affairs and HVO.

The ADA's partner on this project, Health Volunteers Overseas, is a U.S. nonprofit organization that has been working in global health for the past 25 years, said Helen Cherrett, senior director of the ADA Division of Global Affairs. "HVO has worked with ADA for more than 20 years in developing oral health education programs that utilize the skills and experiences of ADA members as volunteers. HVO brings strong project management expertise to this effort."