Local Winnipeg Hearing Professionals to Help Starkey Hearing Foundation Give Projected 6,000 Hearing Instruments to Adults and
Children in Need in Kenya, Africa

WINNIPEG, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Leslie and Kent Holden and Kevin McNabb, today announced plans for the eight-day hearing mission trip to Mombasa, Kisumu, and Nairobi, Kenya projected to result in fitting more than 3,000 adults and children receiving over 6,000 hearing instruments. The hearing mission trip will be completed in conjunction with the Starkey Hearing Foundation in an effort to fulfill the Foundation's commitment to helping the world to hear.

"It is incredibly fulfilling to be a part of this hearing mission trip and to do so much good in such a short amount of time. It's also very humbling to experience the incredible need that exists in the world. I feel honored to have the opportunity to bring the gift of hearing to so many in need and proud to support the Starkey Hearing Foundation in its mission," said Leslie Holden, Owner of Polo Park Hearing Centre.  According to Leslie, not only will those in need be fitted with hearing instruments, they will also receive training on hearing instrument care, maintenance and a supply of hearing instrument batteries.

Hearing mission trips are paid for by donations to the Starkey Hearing Foundation. Every year at the Foundation's annual "So the World May Hear" Awards Gala, attendees have an opportunity to bid during a live auction to fund a hearing mission trip. A network of distributors of Starkey Canada, a division of Starkey Laboratories, bid to fund the Kenya mission, which will take place March 4-11.

About Leslie Holden and Kevin McNabb
Leslie has been devoted to helping the public with their hearing health care needs for over 31 years. Leslie is dedicated and well respected amongst the hearing health care field as well as her clientele. One of Leslie's most passionate pursuits in the hearing health care field is taking part in missions to 3rd world countries to fit children with hearing aids with the SHF.  Kent is looking forward to his first mission and having the experience of giving the gift of hearing to these children.

Kevin has over 30 years experience in the industry.  He has a passion for helping and not just the people in his community. He has donated his expertise, his time and his money to a very worthy cause. Each year he and his hearing health professional friends from across Canada venture to underprivileged countries to give the gift of hearing in conjunction with the SHF.

About Starkey Hearing Foundation (SHF)
Since 1973, Starkey has been giving the gift of hearing to the world's underprivileged -especially children- through its internationally recognized mission program and its domestic program, Hear Now.  Our mission is to promote hearing health awareness and education; provide hearing instruments and personal listening devices to people in need, and to support and conduct research and education in hearing breakthroughs and technologies. In late 2007, SHF launched their awareness initiative via a media campaign with public service announcements to educate consumers about responsible listening. Spanning the past 12 months, the Foundation has provided more than 50,000 hearing instruments both domestically and abroad. Since 2000, more than 400,000 hearing instruments have been distributed to persons in need worldwide.  Please visit www.sotheworldmayhear.org to learn more.

SOURCE Starkey Canada

For further information:

Chris McLennan
StarkeyLabs Canada
(905) 542-7555
chris_mclennan@starkey.com

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