BBDO helps raise funds for Operation Smile

BBDO Bangkok has partnered with Operation Smile, a global foundation that raises money to perform cleft surgery on children in need, to demonstrate the power and beauty of a smile, raising awareness and much-needed donations.

The campaign launched in May 2015 with the world’s first painted-cleft play as professional make-up artists painted fun and playful characters around children’s lips to highlight their smiles.

The play was filmed and used as the main awareness driver to raise funds for the charity. Print and billboard featuring key images further supported the fundraising efforts around Bangkok.

The Painted Smile captured the attention of both the Thai general public and celebrities who posted photos of themselves hiding their smiles behind cute dolls on Instagram, using the hashtag #thepaintedsmile.

According to BBDO, the campaign earned US $1.6 million in free PR and raised enough money for more than 1,000 children in Thailand to receive cleft surgery this year.

“We were so excited to produce this campaign and to help make a real difference. We found that using an optimistic approach and avoiding the usual tear-jerking campaigns really stood out for Operation Smile and helped raise funds for many, many surgeries”, said Chalit Manuyakorn, ECD, BBDO Bangkok.


Client: Operation Smile

Agency: BBDO Bangkok

Production: Film Factory

Director: Sorasart Wisetsin , Apisit Kumphek

Chief Creative Officer: Suthisak Sucharittanonta

Executive Creative Director: Suthisak Sucharittanonta , Chalit Manuyakorn

Creative Director: Suthisak Sucharittanonta , Chalit Manuyakorn

Art Director: Tiabtawan Limjittrakorn , Pakorn Inthachai , Suthisak Sucharittanonta

Copywriter: Thasorn Boonyanate , Kanitkorn Srimakorn , Prachya Wanthanasin , Suthisak Sucharittanonta

Client Service Director: Taksina Vasaruchapong

Agency Producer: Jaruda Mungkun

Producer: Film Factory

Sound Studio: Momentum