Tuesday, October 20

Sarawak HEAR to hold charity dinner fund raiser for hearing-impaired

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Dr Sim (middle) flanked by Dr Tang on the left and Alexander unveiling the banner to promote the dinner.

KUCHING: Sarawak Hearing and Aural Rehabilitation Society (Sarawak HEAR) is organising a charity concert dinner on Feb 15 next year to help raise funds for the underprivileged hearing-impaired population and their families.

The event is scheduled to be held at the Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (BCCK) with the theme ‘My Hearing, My Life, My Style’ and aims to raise between RM200,000 and RM300,000 for the association to carry out its plans and goals for the upcoming years to help more of the hearing-impaired and their family members.

Minister of Local Government and Housing Dato Sri Dr Sim Kui Hian, in announcing the event at BCCK, hoped that the public would contribute to the charity dinner.

“The targeted amount for the charity dinner is a very modest one, but I believe and hope that the people will contribute towards this noble cause,” he told a press conference today.

Dr Sim also said that between one and five children out of every 1,000 births develop hearing problems and need assistance.

He said it could cost between RM70,000 and RM80,000 to buy devices to assist hearing – impaired patients.

He explained that one of the main issues caused by hearing problems is the inability for the individual to communicate with others.

Dr Sim also said the state has the local expertise and facilities to help hearing-impaired patients, having carried out the first Auditory Brain Stem Implant in the country in 2016.

Present at the conference were Sarawak HEAR president Prof Dr Tang Ing Ping and the dinner organising chairman Alexander Stephen.