Local boy inspires accountants
Seeing her colleague Kelly Westgate’s son Riley benefit from hearing aids has inspired Noble and Lee accountant Kerry- Anne Knight to get loud.
Riley, 6, has had hearing aids since he was four. They have been more to help him with his speech than anything else.
Kelly said Riley could not hear high frequency noises without the aids and that would mean he would mispronounce words too.
‘‘The main reason for the hearing aids is so his speech develops properly,’’ he said.
He had noticed his son had trouble hearing and pronouncing ‘‘s’’ and ‘‘z’’.
‘‘ We would drive past maize and he would say ‘ look there is maie’.’’
Kelly encourages anyone to take advantage of the free hearing tests and ensure that their child gets the help they need.
‘‘I’d hate to think he was missing out and his speech was being affected because of something as simple as needing a hearing aid.’’
Riley gets a new mould for his aids every six months and new batteries as needed.
Knight is encouraging the staff at the local accounting firm to again this year put on their loudest shirts for Loud Shirt Day, which is on Friday.
The firm first got involved in the fundraiser for the Southern Cochlear Implant and The Hearing House, who provide cochlear implants and specialised therapy to help deaf children learn to listen and speak, in 2012.
Cochlear implants are an implanted electronic device that provides a sense of sound to a person who is profoundly deaf or severely hard of hearing.
The local accounting firm is encouraging any of the area’s residents to join them at their premises at 51 Arawa St, in a floral shirt and flares this year’s theme – between 9am and 1pm.
They will be raising money for the two charities on the day by hosting a bake sale and raffle.
A donation box has been set up in the reception for any donations in the meantime as well.
They will have a live band, Matamata College’s Neon Two, playing.
Residents can vote for the craziest staff shirt.
Trac Bar will also be holding an auction after work on Friday.
The highest bid would earn a punter the chance to throw a cream pie in one of the accounting firm partner’s faces, Knight said.
Other businesses, organisations and schools are encouraged to get involved in Loud Shirt Day.