Lead­ers agree to go deaf for day

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In­flu­en­tial lead­ers from around New Zealand are go­ing deaf for a day to raise aware­ness around hear­ing im­pair­ment.

Twenty Auck­lan­ders are among 42 high pro­file lead­ers who have signed up for the Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge on Au­gust 2.

All par­tic­i­pants will tackle three com­mu­ni­ca­tion chal­lenges in their work­place and one at home while wear­ing bright yel­low hear­ing pro­tec­tors to sim­u­late deaf­ness.

Some of the lead­ers in­clude Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED) chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley, NZ Lotto chief ex­ec­u­tive Wayne Pickup and Pro­fes­sor Peter Thorne, Pro­fes­sor of Au­di­ol­ogy at The School of Pop­u­la­tion Health, Univer­sity of Auck­land.

Mr O’Ri­ley was in­spired to take part and raise money by The National Foun­da­tion for the Deaf‘s work on be­half of deaf and hear­ing im­paired New Zealan­ders.

‘‘Both my grand­fa­ther and fa­ther had their hear­ing im­paired in the work­place dur­ing their life­times and the more peo­ple that know about The National Foun­da­tion for the Deaf, the greater their im­pact will be,’’ he says.

So far more than $23,000 has been raised and the foun­da­tion wants oth­ers to get in­volved to meet their tar­get of $100,000 in do­na­tions.

Money raised will go to­wards the foun­da­tion to fund its ad­vo­cacy and sup­port work on be­half of deaf and hear­ing im­paired New Zealan­ders, and its work to raise aware­ness of the need to pre­vent noise-in­duced ear­ing loss.

‘‘We are absolutely de­lighted with the tremen­dous sup­port to-date from a di­verse range of lead­ers through­out New Zealand,’’ foun­da­tion chief ex­ec­u­tive Louise Car­roll says.

‘‘But we’d love to see many more cor­po­rate and com­mu­nity lead­ers on board.’’

To join the chal­lenge, lead­ers need to reg­is­ter on­line at silentlead­er­ship chal­lenge.com and aim to raise funds by seek­ing spon­sor­ship do­na­tions.

On the day of the chal­lenge par­tic­i­pants will be post­ing pho­tos and per­sonal sto­ries on the foun­da­tion’s Face­book and Twit­ter pages us­ing the hash tag #silentlead­er­ship chal­lenge.

Reg­is­tra­tions close Wed­nes­day at 5pm.

Go to silentlead­er­ship chal­lenge.com for more in­for­ma­tion.

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Quiet re­flec­tion: Auck­land Tourism, Events and Eco­nomic De­vel­op­ment (ATEED) chief ex­ec­u­tive Brett O’Ri­ley will be go­ing deaf for a day for a good cause.

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