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Following in the Footsteps of Moses

A Norwich dentist is hoping to change the way the world smiles by following in the steps of Moses. 

Victoria Rushton will be undertaking a gruelling trek in November to raise money for the Dentaid charity that supports oral health programmes in almost 50 countries. 

Victoria, who regularly attends Hethersett Methodist Church, will be spending four days climbing 2,265 metres up Mount Sinai and trekking 41km in difficult terrain including routes taken by Moses in his 40 year trek. Victoria and her husband will be covering all the travel expenses, so all money raised will go to Dentaid. 

Victoria is no stranger to raising money and working for underprivileged children:

Dentaid is working hard to improve the oral health of some of the very poor and underprivileged in the world. Having recently returned from working in Tanzania with the Bridge2aid charity, I have seen the huge need first hand and not only would like to help there again, but also would like to help Dentaid in their work worldwide,” Victoria said.

Victoria has already received monetary pledges from friends, colleagues and patients at the dental practice in Hall Road, Norwich, where she works. She is now busy training for the journey:

“I'm training hard at the moment both at the gym at Barnham Broom and walking sections of the Pedders Way. Both the training and fund raising are proving quite a challenge due to injury setbacks and the need of so many charities.  

“Dentaid is a very small oral health charity little known outside of dentistry. They provide equipment for developing countries and are involved in setting up pioneer prevention projects and oral health education in some of the poorest countries worldwide.  

“Despite their size they have a huge impact where they work and are unique. It has been a privilege to help them in the past raise funds by joining a previous fund raising trek on the Great Wall of China and I hope I can raise significant funds for them again so they can continue their work.”  

“By sponsoring me to trek across the Sinai, you will be helping me to change the way the world smiles,” she added. 

Contributions for Victoria’s trek can be made via the Just Giving web site at www.justgiving.com/victoriarushton

 

Previous Stories about Victoria

Victoria is Africa-Bound

Victoria Rushton from Little Melton will soon be using her professional skills to help a Tanzanian village. 

On 26th February, Victoria, who is a dentist in Hall Road, Norwich, will be joining other dentists and nurses from the United Kingdom on a two week volunteer programme in Mwanza, Tanzania for the charity Bridge 2 Aid.

She will be involved in community work amongst the very poor and outcasts and will also take part in a training programme for health care workers being run in partnership with the Tanzanian government.  

This is part of an on-going programme. The dental teams go out three times a year, mainly to give practical teaching in safe extraction techniques to those health care workers based in remote parts of the country.

Victoria, who is a member of Hethersett Methodist Church, is very much looking forward to the work. 

“I hope to be able to learn sufficient Swahili to be able to work and teach effectively as I step somewhat out of my comfort zone. I am excited as this is a great opportunity and a challenge to work in a totally different community,” Victoria said.