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Lumino Day 2015

Lumino DayThank you to all for making Lumino Day 2015 a great success!

  • Selected low income adults were treated to free dental on Lumino
  • 640 dental appointments took place
  • $212,000 in free treatment was carried out
  • Volunteers from 37 practices across NZ took part
  • 71 Lumino dentists, 20 hygienists and 120 support staff made this day possible

For the third year running, Lumino The Dentists and KidsCan teamed up for an entire day to provide free dental treatments to those in need throughout New Zealand, treating over 550 patients.

Thirty Lumino practices across New Zealand, from Whangarei to Gore, opened their doors on Saturday 13 June 2015 to KidsCan families and other low-income patients. This is the biggest free dental day of its kind in New Zealand and the value of the donated dental treatment exceeded $200,000, with over 550 patients receiving free dental care. 

Across New Zealand, 211 Lumino team members – including 71 dentists, 20 hygienists, 72 Dental assistants, 29 reception staff and 18 office support people – volunteered their time to provide the much-needed dental care. 
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Haitelenisia Paongo, 31, with her 8 month old daughter Melefusi, meeting Dr Moira Hughes at Dental One in Remuera, Auckland. Haitelenisia was taking advantage of the free Lumino dental treatments along with 3 generations of her family. It had been 10 years since she had visited a dentist.     Dante Manu, 4, waits while his mother Telasia Manu receives free treatment at Como St Lumino in Takapuna, Auckland North Shore. It had been eight years since she had last visited a dentist and the first since arriving in New Zealand from Tonga.

Staff were inspired by the incredible stories they heard, and every patient treated had a story to tell.

When Telasia Manu and her husband Ohuafi stepped into Como St Lumino in Takapuna with their four-year-old son Dante Manu on Saturday, they hadn’t been to the dentist in eight years, since arriving in New Zealand from Tonga. The Lumino KidsCan Day couldn’t have come at a better time for them, as both had fillings that desperately needed to be replaced. Telasia also had one filling recently fall out, that she hadn’t yet been able to get treated.  

“I’m feeling so good now. The filling was getting worse and worse. Now it’s getting better and better.” 

Telasia was initially nervous she wouldn’t be able to explain herself, but she found the Lumino team very helpful and felt they explained the treatment carefully to her, as well as teaching her how to care for her teeth afterwards. 

“I’m very grateful. As soon as I heard about the day I booked for the family”

Mother of six, Haitelenisia Paongo, 31, visited Lumino Dental One in Remuera, Auckland, with three generations of her family – her youngest daughter, husband, sister, and their mother. “I’m very grateful. As soon as I heard about the day I booked for the family” says Haitelenisia. It had been 10 years since she had visited a dentist. 

Marketing manager for Lumino The Dentists, Kerry Dunphy, says the day was positive and uplifting for the entire organisation. The year on year increase in donated treatment – an additional value of around $30,000 - and the uplift in patient numbers makes Dunphy extremely proud of the Lumino team. 

“I can’t tell you how humbled we all are by the people we were privileged to help on Lumino Day. This day has become so important to each and every one of us because of the difference it makes to people. It’s incredible to be part of this event.”