Local residents Join Starkey Hearing Foundation on First-ever Hearing Mission to China

GEORGETOWN, ON, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Long time Georgetown residents Jason Toone and Crystal Rosa helped Starkey Hearing Foundation give the gift of hearing on its first-ever China mission. This was history in the making as this was the first government sanctioned charity event that has ever been allowed into China. More than 12,000 hearing aids were distributed to hearing impaired children and adults as part of this history-making hearing mission.

During the 10-day hearing mission, Jason Toone and Crystal Rosa travelled to Xi'an and Chengdu, China, where they were joined by eight-time NBA All-Star and former Houston Rockets center Yao Ming, two-time NBA All-Star and Los Angeles Clippers forward Caron Butler, NBA China CEO David Shoemaker, and GRAMMY award winning songwriter and producer Dallas Austin.

"What an honored to have joined Starkey Hearing Foundation on this history making mission," said Crystal Rosa, Director of Customer Relations for Starkey Canada. "We are so grateful to do our part in delivering the gift of hearing around the world."

This was Starkey Hearing Foundation's first mission to China. The Foundation distributes more than 100,000 hearing aids annually in both the U.S. and around the world and has visited more than 98 countries. As a member of President Clinton's Global Initiative, Starkey Hearing Foundation has pledged to fit one million hearing aids by the end of the decade, and is well on the way to its goal. For more information about Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

About Crystal and Jason
Jason has grown up in Georgetown and continues to live here with his wife and two daughters. Jason has been part of the hearing health field for the past 27 years. A passion for being a part of change compels Jason into participating in all aspects of the Foundations work.

Crystal and her family have been residents in Georgetown for the past 10 years. Crystal's family is very active in the community. Crystal has been part of the Hearing health field for the past 23 years. Crystal feels extremely privileged to be able to participate in such a worthy cause.

As the Director of the Starkey Hearing Foundation of Canada, Jason has had the privilege of participating alongside Crystal in several missions over the past 8 years that have taken them to El Salvador twice, Egypt, Turkey, Panama, Kingston Jamaica, Guatemala, Mexico, and Kenya. The Canadian Hearing Mission Team has successfully fit over 17,000 children and adults on these trips, bringing the gift of hearing to those who otherwise would go without.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation
Starkey Hearing Foundation is bringing understanding among individuals and communities through hearing care by focusing on awareness, education, protection and treatment, so the world may hear. Hearing loss affects one in 10 Americans, and 63 million children worldwide, yet many do not have access to the hearing devices that can help them. Starkey Hearing Foundation fits and gives more than 100,000 hearing aids annually, and as a member of President Clinton's Global Initiative, it has pledged to fit one million hearing aids this decade. In addition to giving the gift of hearing through worldwide hearing missions, Starkey Hearing Foundation promotes hearing health awareness and education through the Listen Carefully initiative and provides hearing instruments to low-income Americans through the Hear Now program. For more information on Starkey Hearing Foundation, visit www.starkeyhearingfoundation.org.

Image with caption: "NBA All Stars Yao Ming and Caron Butler join the Starkey Hearing Foundation (CNW Group/Starkey Canada)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120913_C6373_PHOTO_EN_17843.jpg

SOURCE: Starkey Canada

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