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04 May 2017

Smile Club Activities & Fundraisers



  • St. Stephen International School

St. Stephen International School raised 40,000 baht at its 2016 Christmas Market for Operation Smile. 

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  • The Regents International School

Regents Smile Club organized its first fundraiser of the year on January 24. The club’s 12 members whipped up healthy snacks, such as parfaits, homemade granola bars, fresh juice, smoothies and pancakes to sell during break time on Healthy Theme Day.

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  • TCIS, Bangkok Patana and Wells International School

TCIS, Bangkok Patana and Wells International School joined hands to represent Operation Smile at this year’s SerVICE Student Conference, which took place on January 20 – 22 at Bangkok Patana International School. These Smile Club student leaders and volunteers informed the conference participants about Operation Smile and student club activities and discussed in detail cleft lip and cleft palate operations. 

Bangkok Patana hosted a successful campaign day during which Smile Club members prepared games and quizzes with the objective to make others more aware about cleft lip and cleft palate.

  • Ascot International School

Ascot International School’s Family Fun Day is an annual event that raises money for a designated charity and we are delighted to announce that Operation Smile is the choice this year! In the build up to the event, Ascot’s Smile Club and IB students were tasked with promoting Operation Smile around the school. This year’s Family Fun Day took place on Saturday, March 25 and Ascot raised the total of 110,000 THB for Operation Smile!

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  • Shrewsbury International School

Shrewsbury International School, the latest addition to our student club, hosted its first Operation Smile event as a club member. The event was intended to inform fellow students about Operation Smile and children born with facial deformities, such as cleft lip and cleft palate. To help do this, students sold Smile merchandise.

  • Concordian International School

Concordian International School embraced the month of Love with its annual Festival of Love, which is hosted by the school’s parent-teacher association (PTA), comprised of parents, teachers and staff.

Students set up a booth at the festival where students and guests were invited to play fun games for a small fee. The proceeds from the booth were donated to heal smiles and change the lives of children across Thailand that are in need of surgery.





04 May 2017

International Student Leadership Conference 2017: We’re going to Italy.



We are excited to announce that Operation Smile Thailand will be sending representatives to Operation Smile’s 26th annual International Student Leadership Conference. This years’ conference will take place in Rome, Italy. Last year, more than 500 participants from 29 countries attended the conference. Find out more about this incredible opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills and learn more about Operation Smile in an engaging, fun environment.

Who: The conference is open to students between the ages of 15 and 22 years Participants younger than 15 must have completed their freshman year of high school prior to the start of the conference.

What: The International Student Leadership Conference is an incredible opportunity for students to develop their leadership skills, learn more about Operation Smile and have tons of fun. Check out a video from our most recent conference; http://studentprograms.operationsmile.org/video/iscl-2016-highlights/

When & Where: The 2017 International Student Leadership Conference will take place on Monday, July 17 – 24, 2017 at Fraterna Domus in Rome, Italy.

How Much: The registration fee is USD 800, which includes lodging, meals and costs associated with activities during the conferences. Participants will be responsible for their airfare to Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport (FCO) and the cost of obtaining a tourist visa (if applicable). To secure your spot, you must pay a $200 non-refundable deposit when you register.

Experiencing Italy: This summer we are excited to partner with Operation Smile Italy to provide a wonderful experience for all the students. We will travel off-site to one of the major tourist attractions and infuse Italian culture into our conference. The off-site destination will be announced at a later date.

Operation Smile Thailand is offering two sponsorship spots to our student volunteers to attend this year’s conference. The sponsorship will cover the $800 fee, as discussed above. It will not cover air tickets to ‘Rome or visas.

Operation Smile Thailand hopes to send 5 to 10 students to Rome to the conference. We kindly ask that those interested in attending confirm your participation as soon as possible to guarantee a spot by sending an email to Angie at Angelee.b@operationsmile.org

Please visit http://studentprograms.operationsmile.org/islc-2017/ for more information about the International Student Leadership Conference 2017!

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04 May 2017

Bright Smiles & Happy Hearts 2016 Summary



The Bright Smiles and Happy Hearts 2016 campaign managed to achieve a lot in 2016. With a budget of 20,210,000 Baht, it continued to work with the Chiang Mai University in providing comprehensive cleft care, concluded an ongoing medical mission at Trang Hospital in Trang Province and continued to perform surgeries at the Buddhachinaraj Hospital in Phitsanulok Province and Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima Province, completed 57 surgeries during a weeklong medical mission at Maesot General Hospital in Tak Province held during the week of November 6, continued to work with speech patients at ongoing medical missions at Maharat Nakhon Chiangmai Hospital in Chiang Mai province and Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital in Nakhon Ratchasima Province and sponsored a speech camp in Surin Province where it treated 25 families.

In addition, the campaign arranged for the treatment of 17 special individual cases for patients from Bangkok and Chiang Mai provinces, purchased badly needed medical equipment and supported the development of 3D Burn Resuscitation, android and IOS application to help doctors treat burn patients. 

For more information, please click

http://english.operationsmile.or.th/docs/BSHH_2016_Annual_Report_EN.pdf

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03 May 2017

2016 Summary



Operation Smile Thailand accomplished a lot in 2016. We provided 1,140 treatments during the year and conducted four weeklong medical missions in Mae Hong Son during the week of February 9, Yasothon during the week of May 9, Nongkhai during the week of September 5 and Mae Sot during the week of November 6. In addition, we completed an ongoing medical mission in Trang and continued to run other ones in Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Songkla and Nakhon Ratchasima. Also, 7 medical volunteers attended Operation Smile’s annual medical conference NEXT during May 19 - 26 at our head office in Virginia Beach, United States of America.

  • Total Treated Numbers 1,140 treatments
  • 4 Weeklong Medical Missions at Mae Hong Son, Yasothon, Nong Khai and Mae Sot

1. Mae Hong Son, Feb 9 – 13, 2016

Hospital Name: Srisangwan Hospital

No. of Screening: 98 patients

No. of Treated: 65 patients

No. of Procedure: 76 procedures

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2. Yasothon, May 9 – 13, 2016

Hospital Name: Yasothon Hospital

No. of Screening: 201 patients

No. of Treated: 99 patients

No. of Procedure: 100 procedures

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3. Nongkhai, September 5 – 9, 2016

Hospital Name: Nongkhai Hospital

No. of Screening: 114 patients

No. of Treated: 70 patients

No. of Procedure: 72 procedures

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4. Mae Sot, November 6 – 11, 2016

Hospital Name: Maesot General Hospital

No. of Screening: 146 patients

No. of Treated: 114 patients

No. of Procedure: 125 procedures

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  • 6 Ongoing Medical Missions at Trang, Chonburi, Chiang Mai, Phitsanulok, Songkla and Nakhon Ratchasima

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1.Trang

Hospital Name: Trang Hospital

Target: 50

Status: Completed

2. Chonburi

Hospital Name: Chonburi Hospital

Target: 70

Status: On process

3. Chiang Mai

Hospital Name: Maharaj Nakorn Chiang Mai Hospital

Target: Surgery 100/Speech 100

Status: On process

4. Phitsanulok

Hospital Name: Buddhachinaraj Hospital

Target: 100

Status: On process 

5. Songkla

Hospital Name: Songklanagarind Hospital

Target: 100

Status: On process

6. Nakhon Ratchasima

Hospital Name: Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital

Target: Surgery 100/Speech 50/Nam 50

Status: On process

  • 20 Individual Cases
  • 7 Doctors Attended NEXT Medical Conference on May 19 – 26, 2016 at Virginia Beach, Virginia, U.S.
  • 2 Annual Events

1. Colour Miles for Smiles 2016

More than 3,000 kind-hearted runners turned up on April 9 for the Colour Miles for Smiles 2016: Neon Edition in Lumpini Park in Central Bangkok. Organized by 11 international schools, this is the fourth annual event raised more than 3.8 million Baht. This event is especially rewarding becomes it involves the active participation of students and as indicated by the proceeds, their hard work paid off.

The event was themed “neon” as the runners encountered vivid and vibrant surprises at every one-kilometer checkpoint of the five-mile run. An extra addition to the race was the participation of Thai teen stars from the popular TV series Hormones — Pipo Nutchapan and Claudine Atitaya — and famous celebrity manager A. Supachai Sriwichit.

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2. Fight Night 2016

Operation Smile Thailand organized its sixth annual “Fight Night! white-collar boxing charity event on November 25, 2016 at Dusit Thani Bangkok. The sold-out event raised 5,552,500 Baht to help support future surgical missions and much needed supplies and equipment.

The action-packed evening not only included fast-paced boxing excitement, but an elegant four-course meal, vintage boxing footage, a luxurious silent auction and lucky draw prices. Special thanks is extended to the generous sponsors, organizers and all honor guests of this special event.

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27 April 2017

Thanks to Siam Commercial Bank for preparing medical records



On Valentine's’ Day, 50 volunteers from Siam Commercial Bank shared in the spirit of love by volunteering with us under our ‘Bright Smiles and Happy Hearts’ (BSHH) project.  Our BSHH project aims to provide life-changing programs to children and their families by creating a permanent solution to identify and eliminate the backlog and ensure all children born have an easy solution for comprehensive cleft care.

In the span of two and a half hours, volunteers from Siam Commercial Bank aided us in preparing 400 medical records and this has helped us immensely in organizing the vast amount of information we receive from our patients. On behalf of the patients we provide treatment for, their families and their communities, Operation Smile Thailand would like to thank all volunteers involved in this activity.

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12 April 2017

Thanks to all supporters for our Smile Carnival 2017



Operation Smile Thailand would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to all supporters for our Smile Carnival 2017 on April 1, 2017, organized by student led Smile Club from 12 international schools around Bangkok. We also would like to thank all volunteers and participants for inspirations and every hand that helped healing smiles and changing lives.

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Thanks to our cash sponsors:

Red Bull, Pepsi-Cola, Siam Sindhorn Co., Ltd., PriceWaterHouse Coopers Taiwan, Dynamic Air Cargo, Honda, Minerva Management Consulting Co., Ltd., Veranda Resort & Spa Hua Hin

Thanks to our in-kind sponsors:

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, Anantara Sathorn Bangkok, Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites, Anantara Spa, Attitude Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre, Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa, Banyan Tree Bangkok, Banyan Tree Phuket, Le Meridien Jarkarta, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Chiva Som International Health Resort Hua Hin, Conrad Bangkok, Glow Hotels & Resorts, GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai, Mai House Patong Hill Resort, Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa, Ardea Resort Pool Villa Ampawa, Amari Watergate Bangkok, Intercontinental Bangkok, Dusit Princess Chiang Mai, Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Princess Srinakarin, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Princess Korat, Dusit Thani Pattaya, DusitD2 Chiang Mai, Fusion Resorts Vietnam, Gold Orchid Bangkok, Grand Mercure Patong Phuket, Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista Bangkok, Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park Bangkok, Riva Surya Hotel, Siam Kempenski Bangkok,  Springfield@Sea Resort & Spa, The Landmark Bangkok, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, Belaire Bangkok Hotel, Icamp Thailand Unplugged Summer Camp, Siam Commercial Bank, Bank of Ayudhya, CP-Meiji, Hatari, Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School, Indorama Ventures Co., Ltd., Thep balm, JC new Zealand, Combat, Master Rice, Siam2nite, Chao Nee Thailand, True Corporation Co., Ltd, In Between Communciations Co., Ltd., Singha, The Pizza Company, Nestle Pure Life, Pukpun, AIA, Rugs Corner, Coffee Bean by Dao, The Kittens Koffie Arts 'n Eats, Ton Klar Fa Cai Restaurant, Walls, Diamonds Grains, Wan Thai Foods Industry Co., Ltd. (Yum Yum), Wattanasuk Co., Ltd., Chungii Co., Ltd.,  Garmin, Holy Moly, Major Cineplex PCL., Gyproc Thailand Co., Ltd., Saras, Indian Host





30 March 2017

A Carnival for a Cause



For the first time ever, Operation Smile Thailand is pleased to present the Smile Carnival 2017 - an exciting charity event taking place right in the center of Bangkok.

Conceptualized, organized, and hosted by volunteers from 12 Bangkok International schools within Operation Smile’s Student Program network (Smile Clubs), you can expect delicious food from Bangkok’s hottest food stalls; live music from local bands and DJs; exciting games created by our student clubs; as well as an array of unique prizes up for grabs. Specially, Aom Sushar Manaying, Smile Ambassador, Taya Rogers and Sarah Ball, famous actress and model will also join the event.

For a 500 baht entrance fee, you will gain free entry to 15 activity booths including the highlight, “Amazing Maze”, and have unlimited access to food and drink.  There will be a plethora of action ranging from classic fairground games such as the mechanical bull, to cultural activities such as a Japanese inspired maid cafe.  This is not an event to miss! Apply here: https://goo.gl/qkytx1

We invite you to join us at the 2017 Smile Carnival on the 1st of April 2017 at the Outdoor Sports Courtyard in front of Nimibutr National Stadium (BTS National Stadium).  This event will be held from 18.00 until 21.00 hrs, and it promises to be a fun night of live music, games, and food.

All proceeds will go to Operation Smile Thailand, which will help to fund our medical missions (involving: screening, operations, and post-operative care) and education schemes for those born with cleft lip and cleft palate - at no cost to the patient.  We will not stop Until We Heal the last child who needs our help.

For more information, please contact Operation Smile Thailand at Tel. 02 075 2700 - 2 or by emailing thailand@operationsmile.org.  Visit our Facebook page to make sure you are updated with what we do: https://www.facebook.com/OperationSmileThailand

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Thanks to our cash sponsors:

Red Bull, Pepsi-Cola, Siam Sindhorn Co., Ltd., PriceWaterHouse Coopers Taiwan, Dynamic Air Cargo, Honda, Minerva Management Consulting Co., Ltd., Veranda Resort & Spa Hua Hin

Thanks to our sponsors:

Anantara Riverside Bangkok Resort, Anantara Sathorn Bangkok, Anantara Baan Rajprasong Bangkok Serviced Suites, Anantara Spa, Attitude Rooftop Bar & Restaurant, Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre, Avani Pattaya Resort & Spa, Banyan Tree Bangkok, Banyan Tree Phuket, Le Meridien Jarkarta, The Okura Prestige Bangkok, Chiva Som International Health Resort Hua Hin, Conrad Bangkok, Glow Hotels & Resorts, GLOW Elixir Koh Yao Yai, Mai House Patong Hill Resort, Crowne Plaza Bangkok Lumpini Park, Renaissance Bangkok Ratchaprasong Hotel, Renaissance Phuket Resort and Spa, Ardea Resort Pool Villa Ampawa, Amari Watergate Bangkok, Intercontinental Bangkok, Dusit Princess Chiang Mai, Dusit Thani Bangkok, Dusit Princess Srinakarin, Dusit Thani Laguna Phuket, Dusit Princess Korat, Dusit Thani Pattaya, DusitD2 Chiang Mai, Fusion Resorts Vietnam, Gold Orchid Bangkok, Grand Mercure Patong Phuket, Marriott Executive Apartments Sathorn Vista Bangkok, Marriott Executive Apartments Sukhumvit Park Bangkok, Riva Surya Hotel, Siam Kempenski Bangkok,  Springfield@Sea Resort & Spa, The Landmark Bangkok, The Westin Siray Bay Resort & Spa Phuket, Belaire Bangkok Hotel, Icamp Thailand Unplugged Summer Camp, Siam Commercial Bank, Bank of Ayudhya, CP-Meiji, Hatari, Le Cordon Bleu Dusit Culinary School, Indorama Ventures Co., Ltd., Thep balm, JC new Zealand, Combat, Master Rice, Siam2nite, Chao Nee Thailand, True Corporation Co., Ltd, In Between Communciations Co., Ltd., Singha, The Pizza Company, Nestle Pure Life, Pukpun, AIA, Rugs Corner, Coffee Bean by Dao, The Kittens Koffie Arts 'n Eats, Ton Klar Fa Cai Restaurant, Walls, Diamonds Grains, Wan Thai Foods Industry Co., Ltd. (Yum Yum), Wattanasuk Co., Ltd., Chungii Co., Ltd.,  Garmin, Holy Moly, Major Cineplex PCL., Gyproc Thailand Co., Ltd., Saras, Indian Host

Thanks to all school partners:

NIST International School, Bangkok Patana School, International School Bangkok, Harrow International School, Shrewsbury International School, Ruamrudee International School, St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107, The Regent’s International School, Ascot International School, Thai-Chinese International School, Wells International School, Concordian International School

About Operation Smile Foundation, Thailand

Operation Smile is an international non-profit medical charity founded in the U.S. in 1982 by Dr. William Magee and Kathy Magee with the aim of providing safe surgeries to underprivileged children and young adults at no cost to address facial deformities such as cleft lip, cleft palate and burns. This aim has taken Operation Smile across the globe with a presence in more than 60 countries.

The first mission in Thailand was undertaken in 1997 with great support from the former Prime Minister, H.E. Mr. Anand Panyarachun. In 2001, Operation Smile Thailand was registered and established as an official charitable medical foundation to provide help to indigent patients in remote rural areas across Thailand. Owing to the tireless devotion of our medical volunteers, non-medical volunteers and our staff, more than 12,000 patients have received life-changing surgeries.

 





28 December 2016

Updated Operation Smile Medical Schedule of 2017



Operation Smile offers free and safe reconstructive surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities to underprivileged patients living in remote rural areas who otherwise lack access to medical care and safe surgeries. It was founded in order to give these indigent patients the chance to receive safe treatment at no cost. 

Two types of medical missions, On-Going Medical Mission and Weekly Medical Mission, were designed to cater to the patients’ needs.

On-going Medical Mission

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At the hospitals where reconstructive surgeons are available full-time, we provide the financial means for the surgeries to take place. The project will end when cases meet the agreed targeted numbers. Patients and their family will come seek medical care at the hospital nearest to them or at their most convenient time. As long as the project is still open for cases, the same patient may come back to receive additional surgeries if or when required. A location near the patient's residence makes it possible for them to revisit for further advice plus help them receive continuous care.

Operation Smile’s Current On-going projects are as follows:

1. Maharat Nakhon Ratchasima Hospital, Nakhon Ratchasima Province, Tel. 044 235 000

2. Panyananthaphikkhu Chonprathan Medical Center Srinakharinwirot University, Nonthaburi Province, Tel.02 962 5731 33, 02 962 5737 ext. 607, 608

3. Klang Hospital, Bangkok Tel. 02 220 8000

4. Chonburi Hospital, Chonburi Province Tel. 038 932 000

5. Maharaj Nakhon Chiang Mai Hospital (SuanDok), Chiang Mai Province, Tel. 053 946 150 or 053 946 173

6. Sunpasitthiprasong Hospital, Ubon Ratchathani Province, Tel. 045 244 973

7. Songklanagarind Hospital, Songkla Province, Tel. 074 455 000

8. Sisaket Hospital, Sisaket Province, Tel. 045 611 503 Ext. 2212

9. Buddhachinaraj Hospital, Phitsanulok Province, Tel. 055 270 300 Ext. Female Surgical Wards

10. Maharaj Nakhon Si Thammarat Hospital, Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Tel. 075 340 250

Patients are free to contact hospitals directly and notify them that he/she wants to join the Operation Smile’s project. The medical care is at no cost.

Week-long Medical Mission

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We bring a team of medical volunteers to the remote rural areas where there are no surgeons available or not there are not enough to provide surgeries to every patient. This type of medical mission will last a week and it a must that patients arrive on the screening day as the first day of the mission will be to select the patients to receive free medical care.

Upcoming Week-long Medical Missions

7 - 14 May, 2017 at Pyin Oo Lwin General Hospital, Myanmar 





27 December 2016

Smile Club Fundraisers - update as of 2016



All school fundraisers and events were postponed until end of November and December due to the King’s passing. 

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WELLS: Wells International School held its annual Professional Development Day in September and used the event as the first fundraiser since becoming an established Smile Club member. The amount raised was approximately 8,000 baht.

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International School of Bangkok: ISB High School hosted its annual raffle and silent auction in December. The raffle is part of school’s advocacy month activities involving students. For this event, students contacted sponsors for prizes and then sold raffle tickets to students and faculty members at ISB. It's one of ISB’s biggest fundraiser of the year; all the money raised was given to Operation Smile Thailand.

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Thai-Chinese International School: On November 19, TCIS sold Japanese curry and fried ice cream at the school to raise awareness about and funds for Operation Smile. A gift box with 10 gift vouchers from Coffee Beans by Dao was given to customers that bought the food or posted on social media the Operation Smile hashtag or liked the Operation Smile Thailand page.

St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71: St Andrews 71 hosted a three-day event entitled “Teacher Trivia”. Money was raised from viewers, mostly high school students, who paid to watch teachers from different departments of the school compete in a game show-like situation for 30 minutes each day during lunchtime. The proceeds from this Smile Club event were donated to Operation Smile.  





27 December 2016

Thailand Smile Clubs - updated as of 2016



Total 17 Smile Clubs in 2016 (6 new clubs), with the latest addition being Shrewsbury International School (as of October - November 2016)                                                            

1. International School of Bangkok (Middle School)

2. International School of Bangkok (High School)

3. Bangkok Patana School

4. NIST International School

5. St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 71

6. St. Andrews International School Sukhumvit 107

7. St. Andrews Samakee International School

8. Ruamrudee International School

9. The Regent’s International School

10. Prem Tinsulanonda International School

11. Concordian International School

12. Harrow International School

13. Wells International School

14. Thai-Chinese International School

15. Ascot International School

16. St. Stephen’s International School Bangkok

17. Shrewsbury International School

Thailand Community Service Clubs

1. KIS International School

2. St. Andrews Green Valley (Rayong)

3. Patumwan Demonstration School 

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