Prize would boost Hear for You plans

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

A woman who works to sup­port and build the con­fi­dence of hear­ing im­paired youth is up for a fund­ing boost to con­tinue her pro­gramme.

Pon­sonby res­i­dent Elena Keith runs Hear for You, a pro­gramme de­signed to help deaf young peo­ple cope with what can be a dif­fi­cult time for any­one.

Mrs Keith was born with pro­gres­sive hear­ing loss and by her late 20s was pro­foundly deaf.

She says her teenage years, when she felt iso­lated and found so­cial­is­ing dif­fi­cult, were the hard­est.

With that

ex­pe­ri­ence be­hind her she started Hear for You to of­fer young deaf and hear­ing im­paired peo­ple an op­por­tu­nity to share their ex­pe­ri­ences and de­velop skills to help them reach their po­ten­tial.

‘‘It’s im­por­tant for young peo­ple to get the sup­port they need and show­ing th­ese kids that they’ve got op­tions de­spite their hear­ing loss.’’

Mrs Keith is a fi­nal­ist in the Yealands Raise a Glass to Suc­cess cam­paign. Peo­ple vote for one of six fi­nal­ists with the win­ner re­ceiv­ing $25,000 to­wards their project.

Go into yealand­sraisea to vote.

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