Our first general meeting of 2010 was a great success. The evening provided an opportunity for all our members to re-acclimatize and get back into the swing of things after an extended break over the festive season.
We were fortunate enough to receive a presentation by Patrick Holkins who is the founder of Hear. Now. South Africa (HNSA) and Hearing Loss Nation (HLN), a US based online community for individuals with hearing loss between the ages 18 and 35.
Patrick lost his hearing at the age of four as a result of a bout with meningitis and started wearing hearing aids by the age of 12. He is a Harvard graduate in political science and is also an avid rugby player, playing Ivy League rugby in the United States. He is in South Africa working with a rural community in the Eastern Cape with the aim of establishing a sustainable hearing loss screening and treatment With the help of the Audiology staff at Nelson Mandela hospital in Umtata, he hopes to ensure that all hearing impaired children in the region receive timely and effective hearing health care. His audiovisual presentation was excellent and inspiring. His passion and commitment to uplifting the hard of hearing community serves as an inspiration to us all. Please check his website out at Wie Du Zum Alpha-mann Wirst
Jenny Perold was up next, presenting topics that we are to discuss for future general meetings. Everyone agreed on a number of topics, this included topics such as coping with hearing loss at work and at University and how to deal with hearing loss in unfamiliar environments. Some great suggestions were made and it seems that hear2day will be hosting a few more role playing sessions, as well as some additional informal general meetings this year.
We are also glad to announce that hear2day is now a registered Non Profit Organisation (NPO) with a fully functional and approved constitution. This is thanks to the unwavering persistence and efforts of our Treasurer, Fred Benning.
Thanks to Gail Jacklin for providing the snacks and refreshments, they were delicious as always.
We had our very own paparazzi at the meeting, with Andrew Nel and Paul Jacklin snapping up pictures as the meeting progressed. The pictures will be posted online shortly!
The evening was closed by our chairperson Tony Abrahamson, thanking all the members who attended. Special thanks were made to Jenny and Patrick for their wonderful presentations and for those who contributed in ensuring our first hear2day general meeting of 2010 was such a great success.