Georgetown, Guyana – (June 14, 2017) President David Granger, today, received a courtesy call from officials from the Starkey Hearing Foundation, who are currently in Guyana for the rolling out of the second phase of their Guyana hearing mission initiative. The visiting delegation included Starkey’s Founder, Mr. William F. Austin, Co-founder, Mrs. Tani Austin, Global and Health Director, Dr. Luqman Lawal, International Development Director for the Caribbean, Mr. Kirk Richards, Logistics Coordinator, Mr. Greg Marshall and Mr. Rae Seebarran, Hearing Awareness Chairperson from the Lion’s Club of Guyana.
The team gave President Granger an update on their work in Guyana, which commenced last year, to assist persons with hearing impairment, giving them a chance of a better quality of life. Yesterday, over 560 persons were outfitted with hearing aids free of cost at an outreach at the National Exhibition Centre.
Founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, Mr. William Austin and his wife, Mrs. Tani Austin presented President David Granger with a special token.
The team also informed the Head of State of a training programme that they have started for local personnel in order to make this hearing mission in Guyana sustainable. The President thanked the Starkey Foundation, noting that the service that they are providing to Guyanese with hearing disabilities is an extremely important one.
The foundation, which was started in 1984 in the United States, has now expanded its reach across the globe. It believes in using hearing as a vehicle to reflect caring and improving the lives of individuals and families. The Foundation has provided more than 1.9 million hearing aids to people in over 100 countries