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Deaf community challenges Hanna to walk 5K

Published:Monday | September 8, 2014 | 12:00 AM
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Andrew Harris, Gleaner Writer

The deaf community has challenged the Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna to compete in their annual run/walk five kilometre event or donate $1,000 for a deaf person to participate in the Digicel Foundation's Special Needs walk/run event.

On October 11, The Digicel Foundation will be hosting it's annual five kilometre run/walk of which the Jamaica Association for the Deaf (JAD) will be one of the beneficiaries.

Scholarships

As a result of the proceeds last year, JAD was able to secure a number of scholarships for the deaf children. JAD is a non-profit organisation that aims to improve the quality of life for all persons, regardless of age, sex, financial or social position, who have some degree of hearing loss. It manages seven Schools for the Deaf, a social services unit and a hearing health clinic. The organisation receives partial funding from the Ministry of Education for activities related to the Schools for the Deaf, and finances its other activities through donor funding.

Hanna, who is coming off the ALS ice bucket challenge seemed very excited when she not only took up but pulled through the very wet and cold challenge, and now this time around is expected to be out of her heels, as the former Miss World would be making the deaf community very proud by participating in the event.

The JAD is hoping to raise more money and further promote the issues faced by the deaf community as more than 85 per cent of the children with hearing impairment are from low income families and hence are faced with financial challenges to meet educational needs. Last year, the JAD hosted a team of 80 persons, comprising both hearing and deaf participants and expects to host an even bigger team this year.