New Delhi: Pinki Sonkar of Oscar winning documentary ‘Smile Pinki’ fame will be conducting the toss for the Wimbledon 2013 men’s singles final on July 7.

Pinki will be representing New York based non-profit organization ‘Smile Train’ which has been selected as the charity partner for toss in the finals. ‘Smile Train’ works for people suffering from the deformity called ‘cleft lip.’ Pinki will also be meeting the players at Wimbledon and will watch the entire men’s singles final.

Eleven-year old Pinki was born with cleft lip. Her parents could not afford her treatment and she was forced to live with the cleft lip. It was here that ‘Smile Train’ came in and took up the responsibility of Pinki’s operation. The operation was conducted in 2007.

Brazilian Megan Mylan made a 39-minute documentary, ‘Smile Pinki’ on the story of Pinki in the year 2009. The documentary went on to win the Oscar award. Currently, Pinki is studying in Class 1 of Saint Agnes’ Convent school. The school is providing free education to Pinki.

Pinki will be accompanied by her doctor Subodh Kumar Singh to London. Before leaving for London, British High Commissioner in India, Sir James Bevan will host a dinner on July 2. Pinki will be travelling to New York first before heading for London. She will be taking part in Wimbledon celebration with former tennis greats Monica Seles and Jim Courier at the Madison Square Park. She will share her story with the people at the event. In London too, she will be taking part in many programmes, where she will meet the supporters of ‘Smile Train.’


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