At EAVE we are passionate about the importance of being able to hear and so we are supporting and celebrating World Hearing Day. We are raising awareness of World Hearing Day by attempting to break the Guinness World Record for the ‘Tube Challenge’ in support of five brilliant and unique charities that help people with hearing loss. As we wish to support these charities in their work, EAVE will be matching the first £100 donated to each.
The Tube Challenge is the competition for the fastest time to travel to all London Underground stations, tracked as a Guinness World Record since 1960. The goal is to visit all the stations on the system, not necessarily all the lines; participants may connect between stations on foot, or by using other forms of public transport. The current record for fastest completion of the challenge is 15 hours, 45 minutes and 38 seconds that was set on 21 May 2015.
World Hearing Day is held on 3 March each year to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, WHO decides the theme and develops a brochure on the topic based on the best available evidence as well as advocacy materials such as posters, banners, infographics and presentations, among others. These materials are shared with partners in government and civil society around the world as well as WHO colleagues across the Organization. At its headquarters in Geneva, WHO organizes an annual World Hearing Day seminar. In recent years, an increasing number of Member States and other partner agencies have joined World Hearing Day by hosting a range of activities and events in their countries. WHO invites all stakeholders to join this global initiative.
Sound Seekers delivers practical solutions to support people with hearing loss realise their rights by enabling access to healthcare and education. They do this by partnering with major hospitals and health service providers to improve the prevention, identification and management of hearing loss. Partnering with schools to improve the quality of education for children with hearing loss. Partnering with communities and wider stakeholders to raise awareness on hearing loss and advocate for equal opportunities for people with hearing loss. Sound Seekers improve the lives of thousands of people with hearing loss in some of the poorest communities in the world. They currently have projects in Cameroon, Malawi, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and Zambia.