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Teenager Martin Brekke is creating smiles for disadvantaged children

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Teenager Martin Brekke has proven through his life that where there's a will there's a way. A burning desire to tangibly assist Thai children in need of medical attention played a pivotal role in a joint effort by both his family and himself to establish Kids Action for Kids _ an independent organisation that raises funds to aid children with facial deformities, cleft lips and cleft palates _ since 2009. 

An 11th grader at the International School of Bangkok (ISB), Brekke says he has always had a passion for community service. He attributes his strong desire to help unfortunate people to his family upbringing, Norwegian culture and school, where he devotes much of his free time assisting in charitable projects.

Like most 17-year-olds, he leads an active social and academic life, putting in 20-25 hours of swimming practise a week. He is also passionate about travelling, which he does to experience cultures and traditions different from his own.

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