2020: Our Year Reviewed
2020.. What a year it’s been!
I think you will all agree with me when I say that 2020 has been a rollercoaster for all of us!
We’ve seen the world being shaken up by the coronavirus but there have also been so many
goals achieved. Now that we're starting the new year, here is a rundown of the first year at CDS.
March saw the first lockdown begin in the UK. We all resorted to making banana bread and
stockpiling toilet paper, however, Andrew and John were onto bigger things! Andrew came
up with the idea of forming ‘Coptic Dental Society’ to connect dentists and dental students
living and studying in the UK and proposed it to John…
April was when we thought the lockdown would end, and of course, it didn’t. Coptic Dental
Society was made. A WhatsApp group chat was created which connected mainly dental
students and younger dentists. This was a really good platform to obtain advice regarding
entry to dentistry, dental school exams, and discussion of cases. A community was slowly
June is when we first made an Instagram page where pictures and bios of Coptic dentists
and dental students were posted. This created a community between Coptic dentists but we
were keen to branch this out to involve many more people. A core team was created, slowly grew, and the main aims of the society were established. The two main aims included
delivering education and our charity mission.
The Education side included delivering webinars free for anyone to join. Our charity mission
was inspired by Dr. Rafik Hebeish, a dentist living in London who has been serving in Egypt
for the past 20 years. He proposed the idea of a charity project aimed to deliver dental aid
to all those who may need it in upper Egypt. That was when our charity project, now called
‘Mobile Smiles’ began!
July was busy organising our inaugural webinar which took place in August. We were
blessed to be joined by HG Bishop Angaelos and Fr Daoud Lamei. Mr. Ashraf Messiha gave us a very informative webinar on Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. Our society was slowly coming together and expanding and we were very excited for the things to come!
We created a GoFundMe page where we collected (and still are collecting) money which all
goes towards our current charity project (Mobile Smiles). We set ourselves a goal of £50,000
which would cover buying a van and renovating it to include fully equipped dental surgeries
and possibly a medical surgery. Once the money is collected, dentists from all over the
world will be able to use it to deliver dental care. For more information on this project
please visit our blog post ‘Helping those with dental disease in Egypt, so what?’
September saw our second webinar which was kindly given by specialist endodontist Dr
Tadros M. Tadros, which informed us about the diagnosis and treatment of cracked teeth. October was when Dr. Wail Girgis spoke to us about the longevity of implants. This included
the contributing factors to implant failure, rescue, and remedies. These were brilliant
webinars and we thank Dr. Tadros and Dr. Girgis for giving us their time.
December saw a slight rebrand with our logo competition. We received really great entries
that had been created with a lot of effort and thought. We awarded a winner (who’s logo
is now the new logo of CDS) and two runner ups who were all given Amazon Gift vouchers.
As for 2021, we aim to go to put ‘Mobile Smiles’ into action this summer, God willing. We
really hope that when it is safe to do so, we can plan a charity ball to be able to gather
together non virtually, so keep us in your prayers!I would like to thank everyone who has been on this journey with us and I really look forward to what is to come!
Happy New Year!!