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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

CPUT students restore the pride and smiles of shelter residents

BEAMING: Errol Koeries and Jackie Roberts are the proud recipients of brand new dentures BEAMING: Errol Koeries and Jackie Roberts are the proud recipients of brand new dentures

Yesterday CPUT Dental Sciences students handed over the first in a series of dentures being made from scratch for residents of The Ark City of Refuge for the homeless in Faure.

Errol Koeries, 66, and Jackie Roberts, 45, were selected as the first recipients because of their selfless dedication as residents and volunteers at the home which houses 850 destitute people.

Koeries heads up all new male admissions while Roberts works in the laundry of the home.

Roberts burst into tears during her final fitting saying that she had attempted on many occasions to raise the cash for a new set of dentures however she always ended up spending the money on the needs of her two young daughters.

Dentures can cost in the region of R2500- an amount that would have taken forever for the pair to save up.

Pastor Jack Mahoney from The Ark says the new dentures give Roberts and Koeries a new lease on life.

“Many of our patients come from a drug and alcohol addicted past and their teeth are a symptom of that. By giving them new dentures you give them self-esteem and confidence to tackle new tasks like public speaking and interviews,” he says.

Head of CPUT’s Dental Sciences Department Louis Steyn says the pair are only the first in a series of dentures which will be created in their state of the art laboratory based at Tygerberg Hospital.

“We were more than happy to help and look forward to more opportunities to work together in the future on other projects,” he says. 

Written by Lauren Kansley

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Email: kansleyl@cput.ac.za

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