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The Dentist Who is Bringing Oral Health Awareness to His Community

Graduating as a dentist, Amarjit Singh Khambay was convinced that Asians from his home town of Southall needed educating about oral health.

He believed so strongly in the need for an overhaul in the way that Asians feel about dentistry and its place in their lives, that he went ahead and did it.

The result is a large dental complex in Southall comprising several wings, including a teaching college.

Born in Dar-E-Salaam, Tanzania, Amarjit went to school in the Punjab and in Southall, at a time when racism was rife and the National Front stalked some of Southall’s streets.

On starting his dental education at London University in 1973, Amarjit founded the Anglo-Asian Odontological Group.

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Diwali Function, sponsoring Bobby's Walk Full Circle 1st November 2014

This wonderful function supporting a very worthwhile cause raised a considerable amount of money for Bobby's Walk Full Circle. Special guests included Dominic Grieve and our MP, Virendra Sharma.

The Sterling Dental Group is fully supportive of Mr Modi, the Prime Minister of India's initiative to raise awareness levels of Oral Hygiene and Dental Education amongst people, especially children living in rural areas. We welcome dental practitioners to visit the new satellite centers whilst also supporting Bobby's epic fundraising walk.

The Group invites UK and Indian dentists and hygienists to walk alongside Bobby for this very worthwhile cause. Join the charity in supporting underprivileged children by raising Oral Health awareness in the various states in India. You can join at various legs of the walk, adding smiles, lighting up beautiful faces and having lots of fun along the way!

Sterling Dental Group and "Bobby's Walk Full Circle"

Many people do many extraordinary things in the name of charity. From the tried and tested classic of soaking in a bath of baked beans, to pouring a bucket of freezing cold water over their head, the lengths people will go to in order to raise money and awareness for worthy and deserving organisations are in every case commendable.

Often the more extreme the feat, the more exposure and recognition the charity receives. Whether it's a group of celebrities climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, or a well-known comedian completing 43 marathons in 51 days, we are all aware of those who have gone the extra mile in support of a good cause. However, these immense charitable challenges are not solely limited to those in the public eye

On the 16th November 2004 and at the age of 70, Bobby Grewal, Chairman of the India Association, embarked on a colossal and formidable task to raise money for a number of well-known charities. His incredible fundraising endeavour saw him trek 2,556 miles from Amritsar in the north-western tip of India to Kanyakumari, in the extreme south.

Described as 'The Great Charity Walk', over five months Bobby trekked across 10 states, covering an incredible 30-35 miles each day. Although the walk was both physically and mentally challenging it was completed on 14th April 2005 and the India Association raised over £100,000, which was donated to Northwick Park Hospital for Cancer and AIDS research.

Now, Bobby has decided to return to India, embarking once more on an immense journey that will see him go 'Full Circle'. Setting off from Kanyakumari, where he concluded his previous walk, he will make his way up the east coast via Chennai and Calcutta to his final destination in Delhi covering an unbelievable 2,600 miles.

Now in his 80th year (Bobby will celebrate his 81st birthday during the challenge), this will be no mean feat. He will have to endure extreme weather conditions and exacting terrain, while completing nearly a marathon every day in order to meet his targets. Along the way, Bobby will attend various publicity and fundraising events to help raise awareness of his task.

Each will begin at 04:30 as he aims to cover 12 miles by 09:00, he will then take a break until the late afternoon to avoid the hottest part of the day and complete the day's walk by the early evening. Throughout his walk, he will be accompanied by only a single support vehicle and small team. His crew of four consisting of Dr Rajan Bhanot (Bobby Walk Project Director), a driver, a chef and a physiotherapist, who will attempt to ensure he stays fit and healthy throughout the five months.

Completing this gigantic task, Bobby has a target to raise £1,500,000 for Great Ormond Street Hospital Charity, HRH the Price of Wales charity Trust and the India Association who will distribute the funds to other charities here in the UK and abroad.

A West London based charity, the India Association is committed to helping raise funds for worthy causes. The charity's committee is made up of 300 volunteers who all share the same aim 'to provide relief from poverty, sickness and distress to those in need, in the UK and abroad'. Bobby has been Chairman of the India Association since 2001 and has so far helped the charity raise over £300,000 for a number of deserving charities including Help the Heroes, St Mark's Research Hospital and Northwick Park Hospital. This next challenge looks to be his most impressive to date and has backing from a number of well known faces, politicians and organisations.

The Sterling Dental Foundation is part of the Sterling Dental Group and is proud to be one of those supporting Bobby's Walk Full Circle.

The Foundation will provide practices and clinicians across the profession with support, advice and networking opportunities. The group is committed to supporting the dental industry through working closely with charities and other professional associations.

The Group invites UK and Indian dentists and hygienists to walk alongside Bobby for this very worthwhile cause. Join the charity in supporting underprivileged children by raising Oral Health awareness in the various states in India. You can join at various legs of the walk, adding smiles, lighting up beautiful faces and having lots of fun along the way!

Making Children Smile

Show your support for Bobby's momentous challenge by attending the Sterling Dental Foundation Charity Ball at the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, London on 13th December 2014. Book online early to avoid disappointment at www.sterlingdentalgroup.co.uk

Amongst our distinguished guests, our Guest of Honour is Professor Raman Bedi (BDS (Bristol), MSc (Manchester), DDS and DSc (Bristol), FDSRCS (Edinburgh and England), FGDP, FPHM). Professor Bedi served as the Chief Dental Officer of England from 1 October 2002 to 1 October 2005. Professor Bedi is Director of the Global Child Dental Health Taskforce. The taskforce supports governments in their efforts to improve children's oral health. As of 2010, the Taskforce was working in 13 countries. Professor Bedi is also Chairman of the Global Child Dental Fund, a charity established to further the work of the Taskforce. www.gcdfund.org

To find out how you can help or to volunteer, visit www.sterlingdentalgroup.co.uk and register your interest online.

To sponsor Bobby's Walk Full Circle, please email Dr Rajan Bhanot at rajan@indiaassociation.co.uk, call 07990 750000, or visit The India Association website at www.indiaassociation.co.uk.

You can get weekly updates to Bobby's Walk Full Circle by subscribing to the India Association Newsletter here.

The Sterling Dental Foundation is linked to the Sterling Dental College. For details of the hands-on courses, seminars and CPD events that the college provides visit the website,
www.sterlingdentalcollege.co.uk

Sterling Dental Foundation, registered charity: VB/5042656/RTN