On October 15 the Listen Trek Team will participate in the Salt Lake City Walk4Hearing™
to step up in support of the hearing loss community. Over the last nine months or so I’ve been involved with the local volunteer organizing committee planning the Walk. These are dedicated individuals that are working very hard so that walk day will be a lot of fun for people of all ages.
Each of them have their own personal reason for volunteering but the overarching reason is that they want to be a part of something bigger than themselves that moves society at large closer to eradicating the stigma around hearing loss.
We’ve got a good mix of activities planned for the day. In addition to walking, we’ll have food, entertainment, activities for the kids and contests with some fabulous prizes. There will also be several booths set up with information on hearing loss and hearing loss prevention.
I am especially excited about our Honorary Chairperson, session musician and Bon Jovi bassist Hugh McDonald
. Each year, the committee recruits a local public figure to as Honorary Chairperson to lead walkers by personal example, recruit teams, fundraise and help build awareness about the walk to families, professionals, and organizations in Salt Lake City.
Craig Paller, Listen’s Wireless Listening Product Group Leader is an industry veteran and long-time friend of Hugh’s. When Craig heard the committee needed some help, he knew Hugh was just the right person to join us.
Hugh understands the realities of hearing loss for professional musicians and their fans. There are so many simple things that we can all do to prevent our own hearing loss. Hugh will be at the Walk on October 15 to help spread the word about how to protect our hearing, and he’s going to lead the Listen Trek team on our Walk.