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Helping to make the difference across the globe

Monday 4 September

Rayovac are committed to empowering those with hearing loss, however not everyone is fortunate enough to have the technology and facilities to receive the hearing care they need. That is why Rayovac jumped at the opportunity to donate hearing aid batteries to a University’s charity project in India.
Rayovac donated a total of 6,000 batteries to De Montfort University’s (DMU) Global/Square Mile Free Hearing Screening Trip to India, a charity initiative designed to create better access to hearing care for some of the country’s poorest people. The initiative took place in December 2016 and saw DMU students and staff visit India to lend support at hospitals and charities across the country. The trip was split into two stages. The first part of the trip, the team visited Wankaner, a rural town 60 km north of Rajkot in the state of Gujarat. Two members of the Audiology staff team, Dr Jeff Davies and Wendy Stevens and 6 students, travelled to offer free hearing screening tests and the opportunity to have a hearing aid fitted where appropriate. The second part of the trip was in Ahmedabad, one of the largest cities in the state of Gujarat, which has poverty stricken areas where both children and adults live in slums across the city. Manny are helped by a charity, Manav Sadnhna who provides access to education and food through community centres. The charity enabled children ranging from the age of 5-14 to be screened, followed by adult screening on the second day at the community centres, More than 300 children and adults were screened for hearing conditions in the four day visit, with more than 100 people eventually fitted for hearing aid devices and given Rayovac batteries to power them. Wendy Stevens, Senior Lecturer at DMU, said: “Our trip was very successful.
The students learned a lot through the visit and at the same time we made a real difference to the lives of many of the people we encountered. None of this would have been possible without the very generous donation of batteries from Rayovac. We are so very grateful.” Paula Brinson-Pyke, Marketing Director at Rayovac, said: “We were delighted to support the University’s mission to India by providing a battery donation and so pleased that the visit was a fantastic success.” “The students’ trip to India was not only very worthwhile, but also very much in line with our wider charitable goals. As well as manufacturing batteries, we strive to help people from around the world to enjoy better access to hearing care.” Following the success of the De Montfort University’s Global/Square Mile trip to India, Rayovac have again donated a further 6,000 batteries to the organisations next Free Hearing Screening Trip in September 2017.
Rayovac’s ongoing charity projects span Europe, Africa and Asia, and include regular support for UK charity Hearing Dogs for the Deaf and German charity, Deutschen Schwerhorigenbundes (DSB).
The manufacturer has also donated batteries to Hark, Africa; SOS Children’s Village in Malawi and the Hörgerätebatterien project, Chernobyl. For more information about Rayovac, visit: www.rayovac.eu  like Rayovac on Facebook at www.facebook.com/HearingwithRayovac or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/HearwithRayovac.

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