Hundreds turned out at the National Cultural Centre on April 12th and 13th to be fitted with hearing aids from the Starkey Hearing Foundation. The smiles on the faces of recipients and their family members who accompanied then was overwhelming as they could now hear clearer for the first time in a long time.
The Ministry of Health and Wellness worked hand in hand with the Starkey hearing foundation to bring the gift of hearing to many St. Lucians with hearing difficulty. Starkey and Health Officials were very pleased with the huge response by the public to receive their free hearing aids. Assistant Principal Nursing Officer, Tecla Jn Baptiste said it was a joy to see the smiles on the faces of recipients.
“I mean it’s really a pleasure collaborating with Starkey Hearing Foundation for this mission to bring the gift of hearing to our people in St. Lucia. I mean, I feel so overwhelmed today to see persons who have had hearing difficulties and persons who are hearing impaired walk out here and say to me, ‘Nurse I feel so good today. I mean I could hear and I don’t know how much I could thank you all for this.’ But it’s really been a great day. It’s been a lot of effort into this and off course it won’t just stop after this mission.”
Minister for Health and Wellness, Sen. Hon. Mary Isaac was impressed with the number of persons who turnout to get their hearing improved.
“A lot of people who are here have had trouble hearing. They have never enjoyed the sounds that most of us enjoy hearing. The sound of their loved one’s voice, the sound of their children and just to be given such a precious gift for free, I believe this is just tremendous.”