Marlee Matlin once said " I hope I inspire people who
hear. Hearing people have the ability to remove barriers that prevent deaf people from achieving their dreams."
Having met and worked with a number of dynamic and dedicated sign language interpreters at the Free State University, I have begun to get a better understanding of the many challenges facing the deaf, especially when it comes to education. Every child deserves a proper education regardless of the hurdles that need to be overcome. In South Africa the use and status of our languages is very important to all our citizens and sign language is no different.
I will be riding the Cape Town Cycle Tour to raise funds for DeafNET whose main objectives are the particularising, exchange and dissemination of knowledge and expertise on issues relating to persons with hearing loss to achieve their full potential.
These objectives are achieved among others by facilitating and promoting education, development, training, social services, and spiritual and mental well-being to such persons as well as the promotion of Sign Language and other preferred means of communication of persons with hearing loss, including appropriate utilisation of assistive devices.
I ask you to help me to help them to make a real difference in the life of children with hearing loss. Your contribution, however small, can make a difference.
To find out more about DeafNET you can visit their website here.