Deaf for the day

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Te Awa­mutu has a team in this year’s Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge — a Na­tional Foun­da­tion for the Deaf ini­tia­tive where peo­ple can ex­pe­ri­ence deaf­ness for a day.

Te Awa­mutu Hear­ing As­so­ci­a­tion hear­ing ad­vi­sor Sylvia Pikari in­vited MP Bar­bara Kuriger, Waipa¯ dis­trict coun­cil­lor Vern Wil­son, lo­cal busi­ness­man Merv Gyde, lo­cal doc­tor Mary Bal­lan­tyne and lo­cal news­pa­per ed­i­tor Dean Tay­lor to join her to make up Team Te Awa­mutu.

She says it is a good mix of well­known peo­ple who will meet the chal­lenges and help fundraise.

Par­tic­i­pants around New Zealand take on four chal­lenges on Fri­day, Septem­ber 21 — a one-to-one meet­ing, a team meet­ing, a so­cial get-to­gether and watch­ing TV with­out sub­ti­tles — while wear­ing ear pro­tec­tors to sim­u­late deaf­ness.

Te Awa­mutu will also be hav­ing a shared morn­ing tea at Sa­bor Cafe¯ from 10am on the day if any­one wants to join them and sup­port the cause.

Hear­ing loss is un­recog­nised and rarely talked about, ac­cord­ing to the chal­lenge or­gan­is­ers.

The chal­lenge aims to boost work­place aware­ness of hear­ing loss and raise funds for the foun­da­tion’s work.

■ To sup­port Team Te Awa­mutu mem­bers visit­aberp

Whakaa­hau / Colin Thorsen

Silent Lead­er­ship Chal­lenge Te Awa­mutu, from left: Vern Wil­son, Dean Tay­lor, Mary Bal­lan­tyne and Merv Gyde.

Whakaa­hau / Sup­plied

Team Te Awa­mutu mem­ber, MP Bar­bara Kuriger at Par­lia­ment.

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