Winnipeg Hearing Professionals Join Starkey Hearing Foundation on First-ever Hearing Mission to China

WINNIPEG, Sept. 13, 2012 /CNW/ - Grant Park Hearing Centre and Polo Park Hearing Centre are excited to announce that Kevin McNabb and Leslie and Kent Holden 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, Grant Park Hearing Centre and Polo Park Hearing Centre 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.

"We are honored to have joined Starkey Hearing Foundation on this history making mission," said Kevin with Grant Park Hearing. We here at Grant Park Hearing Centre and Polo Park Hearing Centre are grateful to do our part in delivering the gift of hearing."

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

About Leslie Holden and Kevin McNabb

Leslie has been devoted to helping the public with their hearing health care needs for over 35 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 second 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.

For more information or to set up an appointment with Grant Park Hearing or Polo Park Hearing, please call (204) 453-5565 or (204) 788-1083.

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

Image with caption: " NBA All Stars Yao Ming and Caron Butler join the Starkey Hearing Foundation(CNW Group/Starkey Canada)". Image available at:

SOURCE: Starkey Canada

For further information:

Media Contact: Keesha Marson 
Starkey Canada 
(905) 542-7555 

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