Tracy Dawson and Sharon Webber from Hearing Nelson. Photo: Kate Russell.

Helping locals with their hearing

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Educating Nelsonians about their hearing is something that Tracy Dawson from Hearing Nelson is passionate about – but it’s also something she can’t afford to do.

That’s why the non-profit organisation is a nominee for this year’s Car Company’s Charity Drive.

Launched last week, the initiative sees $10,000 up for grabs for community organisations.

Tracy says they currently run much-needed education workshops for primary and intermediate schools, as well as carpentry and engineering classes at NMIT.

“But we have no money to continue to do it – we have to get sponsorship from businesses to deliver the workshops.”

Tracy says one in five young people are showing signs of hearing loss and their school workshops teach children about hearing and sound through interactive experiments.

“If we can’t continue with our education, there is no one else to do it. We seem to fall between the gaps of education and health.”

The organisation were the recipients of the community impact award at last year’s Chamber of Commerce Business awards and Tracy says if they were to receive some money, it would “transform their year”.

“We would be able to get out to more people. We have interest from kindergartens, but we have to turn them away. There is so much we could be doing.”

Application forms for the charity drive are available online here or at Car Company branches in Nelson, Richmond and Tahunanui and close on April 6.