Sanlam paints and CHATS at Carel du Toit
Armed with paint, brushes and loads of enthusiasm, a team from DPU department at Sanlam, gave the doors and entrance area of the soon to be launched CHAT Centre an all important face lift. The team also generously donated much needed hearing aid batteries and sponsored a video VRA System for the testing of deaf babies. It is already successfully being used on 7 month to 3 year olds and fits in with the international standard for Visual Response Audiometry.
Many of sixteen volunteers had not heard of the miracle of new born hearing screening and the impact that early intervention is making in the future of deaf education. They left the Centre, not only splattered with paint but excited about what they had learnt: the role of parent training at the CHAT CENTRE, that ALL babies need their hearing screened at birth, that 2 week old deaf babies have the best prognosis and CAN learn to talk and fit into mainstream society with hearing aids and cochlear implants.
The cherry on the top was to meet the children. Noisy talking laughing deaf children who sang a thank you song for the party packs that Team Sanlam had brought for them.
Lion's Club donate to our Hearing Bank
The Carel du Toit Centre received a donation of 64 hearing aids with accessories from the Lions Club Tableview. Some of the hearing aids came from as far away as Europe!
The handover took place on 7 August with a short program from the grade 3 learners who recited their poems and sang a special song of thanks.
The hearing aids were handed to Mrs Ruth Bourne (principal) and Miss Surida Booysen (audiologist) by Gisela Weitz, a representative from the German Lions Foundation.