Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Charity duck race for hearing-impaired children to be staged Sept. 10 in Bucharest

Photo Credit: Rotaract Triumph
A charity race for children with hearing impairment or loss, called the "Rotaract Triumph Duck Race", will be staged in Bucharest City on September 10. Organisers say in a press statement released on Tuesday that 5,000 rubber ducks will compete on Dambovita River in a race that will change the lives of children with hearing impairment or loss. In Romania, there are nearly 400 children born each year with hypoacusis, with 15 percent of them suffering from severe hearing loss. Children diagnosed with hypoacusis will hear sounds from the environment very faintly or [not] at all. "Besides its medical effects, hypoacusis has serious consequences on the emotional wellbeing of children in their families — the children do not know the sound of their parents' voices — and in society — as these children become timid and withdrawn, unable to express themselves and display emotions in the most natural way possible, thus being captives in a world of silence. Many of them stand very great chances of recovery, but everything is conditional upon an essential requirement: wearing hearing aids. Even a child with severe hearing loss can learn how to speak if he or she has a hearing aid and is in an environment conducive to recovery," the statement reads. Rotaract Bucharest Triumph, the organiser of the charity race, is inviting people to get involved in the project by sponsorships or donations or by taking part in the race. Racers can register for the run online at, with a 10-lei donation allowing running one duck. There is no limit to the acquirable ducks. AGERPRES (RO — author: Madalina Cerban, editor: Andreea Rotaru; EN — author: Corneliu-Aurelian Colceriu, editor: Simona Klodnischi) Photo credit: Rotaract Triumph