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It’s October, so there must be a big dental event somewhere…

Posted in: Blog, by Mark Topley, on 7th October 2014 | Comments Off on It’s October, so there must be a big dental event somewhere…

I’ve been in the UK a week now, only 11 days till I leave for home on what is the longest trip I’ve done since I moved to Tanzania 9 years ago.

So far it has been a great encouragement – speaking to the Association of Dental Groups last week, meeting with some new high-level supporters, time with the UK team and of course the 10 Year Birthday Bash at Wembley.

This week it starts to get really busy and a big reason for that is the British Dental Industry Association Showcase at the Excel in Docklands from Thursday to Saturday.

For those of you who like me aren’t dentists, the Showcase may seem a bit of a strange concept. A room full of dental equipment isn’t most people’s idea of a good time, but the show attracts a large number of dental people each year to come and see what’s on offer. It’s also packed with exhibitors, many of whom are big Bridge2Aid supporters.

For me, and for Bridge2Aid, it’s the perfect opportunity to meet new supporters and volunteers, and to catch up with existing ones. And enjoy a salt beef bagel or two…

The three days is a whirlwind of meetings, chatting to volunteers and trying to stay in touch with the outside world. The bubble isn’t helped by artificial lights, caffeine and soul-less hotel rooms.

But it is great to see people that would otherwise be dispersed around the country all in one place. There is usually a heavy social element, although no Bridge2Aid party this year. We covered that at Wembley last weekend and I think Shaenna would resign if we added another event…

This year is our 9th year of being hosted by our friends A-dec UK on their stand. If you’re not a dental person, A-dec  are the world’s largest manufacturer of dental chairs (and other things) and a thoroughly nice bunch of people. We are always made to feel very welcome and the contribution their hosting makes to what we do in East Africa is enormous.

We will be on stand M03a this year, so if you are in the area, come along and say hello.


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