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

GEORGETOWN, ON, Feb. 14 /CNW/ - Long time Georgetown residents Jason Toone and Crystal Rosa, 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 Jason Toone, Managing Director of Starkey Canada, A leading hearing aid manufacturer. According to Jason, 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 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 26 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 9 years. Crystal's family is very active in the community.  Her son Plays for the Raiders in the winter and her daughter is a Musical Theatre student at Ensemble kids and plays girls baseball in the summer.

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 7 years that have taken them to El Salvador twice, Egypt, Turkey, Panama, Kingston Jamaica, Guatemala, and Mexico. The Canadian Hearing Mission Team has successfully fit over 11,000 children and adults on these trips, bringing the gift of hearing to those who otherwise would go without.

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:

Jason Toone
Starkey Canada
(905) 542-7555

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