Annual Quiz Night

25/11/2005

 

Friday 25th November 2005 saw members of the Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields, supported by Barclays Bank Plc held a charity quiz night in aid of Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

Nearly nine million of the UK population experience some degree of hearing loss. Thats one person in every seven. Over 650,000 of these people are severely or profoundly deaf and could benefit from a hearing dog.

Hearing dogs change lives. They alert their deaf owners to sounds we take for granted, providing greater independence, confidence and security.

The dogs themselves vary from the largest, scruffiest mongrel to the smallest pedigree but they are all easily recognisable by their distinctive burgundy jacket and lead slips, which also helps to identify the recipients otherwise invisible disability.

Around seventy-five per cent of hearing dogs are selected from rescue centres, offering safe and loving homes to otherwise unwanted dogs.

All hearing dogs are trained by forming positive associations with sounds, using food, praise or toys as rewards. These are sounds that hearing people often take for granted such as:

alarm clock cooker timer doorbell telephone baby cry

On hearing any of these sounds, a hearing dog will seek out his deaf recipient and touch them with a paw. When the recipient asks "What is it?" the hearing dog will lead them to the source of the sound.

A hearing dog is also trained to alert to danger sounds such as:

smoke alarm fire alarm carbon monoxide alarm burglar alarm

A hearing dog will alert his recipient to these danger or emergency sounds by touching with his paw, and then lying down in a special 'alert signal' to indicate danger. The recipient instantly knows that there is danger and can take the necessary action to ensure their own safety and that of their dog.

To fully train a new dog costs approximately 5000, it was with this in mind that the club set about orgainising the quiz night. With guests from the Rotary clubs of Ealing, Acton, Greenford and Pinner as well as friends and other guests. Over 120 people took part in the quiz and enjoyed a bangers and mash supper. We raised 470 on the raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses and football clubs. Overall the event raised 1050 which was matched by Barclays Bank Plc, giving a total of 2100 which we will be giving to Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

The evening also gave the club the opportunity to recognise the work that has been done by Nicholas Smith an Area Community & Events Manager for Barclays Bank Plc. Over the last 10 years Nicholas has been involved in a number of community events that have raised money for good causes, to date it is estimated that he has raised in the region of 2,500,000.

To mark this brilliant effort The Rotary Club of Hanwell & Northfields presented Nicholas with a Rotary Community Award for his work.