Lo­cal boy in­spires ac­coun­tants

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By ABBY BROWN

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.

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