Get­ting the silent treat­ment

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Imag­ine at­tend­ing a meet­ing or party where you can­not hear a sound.

For the one in six New Zealan­ders who live with some type of hear­ing loss this is a daily re­al­ity.

Cor­po­rate lead­ers, politi­cians and Auck­land City Har­bour News re­porter Jess Lee will be tak­ing part in the Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge on Fri­day to raise aware­ness and funds to sup­port peo­ple with hear­ing im­pair­ments.

Par­tic­i­pants will wear ear pro­tec­tors while un­der­tak­ing four com­mu­ni­ca­tion chal­lenges to sim­u­late deaf­ness.

They will at­tend a one-onone meet­ing, team meet­ing, so­cial get-to­gether and try watch­ing tele­vi­sion at home.

‘‘It’s a chance for me to put my­self in oth­ers’ shoes and to ex­pe­ri­ence the loss of some­thing that I take for granted every day,’’ Air­ways New Zealand chief ex­ec­u­tive Ed Sims says.

It’s not too late to take part or make a do­na­tion.

‘‘We need you to help us lead ur­gently needed so­cial change,’’ Na­tional Foun­da­tion for the Deaf chief ex­ec­u­tive Louise Car­roll says.

‘‘The Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants will be cre­at­ing a world of dif­fer­ence for the future of New Zealan­ders with hear­ing loss.’’

Silent world: Last year In­ver­cargill city coun­cil­lor Dar­ren Lud­low took part in the Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge and found it much harder than ex­pected.

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