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Silent Leadership Challenge 2015

August 20, 2015

Sarah Dean Lorien Lisa Bay Audiology
Sarah & Dean from Bay Audiology participating in the 2015 challenge, with the Foundation's CEO, Louise Carroll, Lorien Doherty (Fundraising Manager) and Lisa Talbot (Good Soundz Ltd).

On Friday August 7, 51 leaders from across the nation took part in the Foundation's third Silent Leadership Challenge. Together they increased workplace understanding and empathy for those who are deaf or hard of hearing.

These incredible people also raised an amazing $20,440 for our Advocacy Programme. Their online fundraising pages will be open until late September so if you would like to donate you still can! Money raised through the Challenge helps the Foundation to be able to respond when needed and called on to do so.

Often, the help required can be complex and some issues can take years of advocacy but we are here for the long haul! We speak up about the big issues facing the deaf and hard of hearing community such as access to technology; education and employment.

Hearing loss is an invisible disability affecting the lives of so many people. At least one in every six New Zealanders has some type of hearing loss. That's over 700,000 people and the World Health Organisation predicts this figure will rise to one in four New Zealanders by 2050.

Areas of support and advocacy we are actively working on in 2015 and 2016:

  1. Lack of District Health Board (DHB) transparency in the delivery of Audiological services
  2. Formation of a National Deafness Advisory Group
  3. Broadcast captioning including television; movie theatres and internet
  4. Hearing loss in New Zealand Prisoners project
  5. Listen Hear NZ! Research project.

We really appreciate your support and encourage you to sign up for next year's Silent Leadership Challenge and help us to continue in our work - making a positive difference in the lives of people who are deaf and hard of hearing.