'Happy to Give' - helps hearing impaired children

'Happy to Give' - helps hearing impaired children

Cable and Wireless Seychelles (CWS) and Air Seychelles have teamed up to support the Ministry of health by donating a consignment of hearing aids for children with hearing impairments in Seychelles. 

The donation was made possible through CWS’ ‘Happy to Give’ campaign whereby customers were invited to donate their Cable Points towards fundraising efforts in order to stand a chance of winning business and economy class tickets on flights to Paris, Abu Dhabi, Johannesburg and Mauritius with Air Seychelles.

The campaign lasted throughout July and raised a total of SCR 195,000 towards the procurement of hearing aids, batteries and other accessories which will be distributed by the Ministry of Health to children on Mahé, Praslin and La Digue.

The consignment including a special laptop for calibrating the hearing aids according to individual requirements was donated to Dr. Danny Louange, Chief Executive Officer of the Healthcare Agency at the Seychelles Hospital; by CWS Chief Executive Charles Hammond and Air Seychelles’ manager for corporate social responsibility (CSR) Josie Michaud-Payet.

During his speech Mr Hammond outlined that “Community is one of the CWS’ core values and as a responsible corporate citizen, we continue to play an active and significant role in community development and on many other levels. We at CWS remain convinced that ‘Happy to Give’ helps to make a difference in the lives of others.”

“There is nothing as noble as helping a child acquire a hearing aid, and I’m proud of our people because they understand that. To put the public response in perspective, the amount of Cable Points donated in just one week after the campaign was launched, was higher than any other ‘Happy to Give’ donation we have ever recorded.” He added. 

 Thanking CWS’ customers for their generosity, he said “The champions in this are our customers and I would like to encourage more people to donate and make a difference in the future.”

Receiving more funds than CWS anticipated for this project, the campaign saw a total of SCR 39,000/- above what was needed to purchase the hearing aids. CWS donate the sum to the Association of People with Hearing Impairment (APHI) that will go towards its new Deaf Centre. On their part Air Seychelles donated a sum of SCR 25,000/- towards the same cause.

Thanking CWS and Air Seychelles, Dr. Louange said “We are happy to receive this generous donation from Air Seychelles and CWS. It will allow the children with hearing problems to have a brighter future and allow them to further their studies,”