Hedley Lewis

Executive Director - Finance and Fundraising

ABOUT Hedley

Hedley Lewis is an Executive Director (finance and fundraising) at the Smile Foundation. He left Vodacom and the corporate world to make a difference in the lives of South Africa's underprivileged children. Vodacom gave him the opportunity to shoot for the stars and learn from some of this country's finest leaders, starting in the finance department and then working with the Managing Directors' office for Vodacom's loyalty programme. During his tenure at Vodacom he received the Managing Director's award.

Hedley is married to Lisa Lewis and has twins which keep them on their feet. Hedley graduated from the University of Johannesburg with a B.Com Accounts Degree.

Before joining the Smile Foundation, Hedley worked at the Jewish Helping Hand to motivate and encourage young Jewish members to support their community.

Hedley is responsible for partnership growth, fundraising, management of budgets and finance as well the marketing of the foundation. 'Every day is totally different but there is one common thread, we are working together with the Department of Health and their hospitals to assist children to Smile'.



  • Children and Infants

  • Health

Smile Foundation is a South African non-governmental organisation with a comprehensive health care vision for children living with facial conditions. Smile Foundation together with the country's Academic Hospitals work together to put the smile back onto children's faces with corrective facial reconstructive surgery and treatments. The foundation helps children who suffer from treatable facial deformities such as cleft lip and palate, burn victims, Moebius syndrome (facial paralysis) and other conditions.

Their services and teams are currently based in 7 Academic Hospitals around South Africa. The foundation invests in the medical teams it works with, through a skills development programme, and assists the hospitals by purchasing equipment for use by the Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery.