My friends, the lovely Bartlett family (who were apart of the team that I first went to Cambodia with), are about to embark on a big adventure. They are preparing to move to Malawi for at least two years to work with Ears Inc to help provide services for the hearing impaired as well as to provide training to health workers in Malawi. They are really inspiring and I'm sure as I catch up with what they are up to I will write about it a little more.
Before they leave there are a range of fund raising events including Target10, a 60 kilometre fund raising run. I won't be running, I'd die after 6km, but I will be there to encourage the runners and to make sure that they have the refreshments that they need.
Here is some more information about Target10 and Ears Inc taken from the official promotional material.
Many developing countries do not have any permanent audiology services or audiology training centres. A successful five year EARS Inc. project in the Dominican Republic has ensured this country of 9 million people now has locally trained health staff to provide a full range of hearing services, where there was none before. Funds are required to provide living expenses for the Australian audiologist who is pioneering this sustainable development work. Funds are also required to purchase equipment to service the obvious need. Similarly, a new project is beginning in the African nation of Malawi which has a population of over 14 million but no permanent audiology service.EARS Inc. Volunteer audiologists in the Dominican Republic and Malawi do not obtain a salary. They do however require finances for their modest living expenses so that they can establish the hearing clinics and initiate audiology training courses for local health staff. The long-term aim is to create a sustainable service, with decreasing reliance on this external support so that those trained will go on to train others.
Trainee scholarships are also important for students as they struggle to make ends meet while they are involved in their studies.
Also, the purchase of equipment used to test hearing, fit hearing aids, provide rehabilitation for hearing loss and sustain the clinics is required to provide a professional level of service.
Each Target 10 participant will endeavour to run 10 laps around Lake Wendouree in Ballarat (60km in total) to raise money for EARS Incorporated hearing clinic development projects in the Dominican Republic (Central America) and Malawi (Africa).
When you donate, you can leave a message of encouragement for the runner you are sponsoring and this will be forwarded on to them via email.
Are donations tax deductible? Yes
Will I receive a receipt for my donation?
Yes, immediately sent to you by email when approved.