Elks Lodge caps off Hearing and Speech Month with walk-run in Campbell Valley Park

Local service club doing its part to promote early detection and intervention programs for children

May is Hearing and Speech Month and Langley Elks Lodge #259 supports early hearing detection and intervention programs for children.

Many of us take our hearing and speech for granted, however, one in six people has a speech, language or hearing disorder.

Children are at risk of developing social, emotional, behavioral or learning problems if these problems are not detected early.

Communication is a vital link between human beings. Through our ears we gain much of our information about others and the world around us.

We need to ensure that all children have access to newborn hearing screening and timely intervention services to enable them to live their lives to the fullest potential.

Newborn hearing screening is an essential first step in the strategy for identifying children with permanent childhood hearing loss and should be a standard of care in Canada.

Early intervention is critical for children identified with communication problems.

Anyone who suspects a child has a hearing loss or speech problem is encouraged to contact a physician, audiologist or speech-language pathologist.

On May 24, Langley Elks will host their annual walkathon in Campbell Valley Park.

The event is described as “a fun, non-competitive 1.5 km run or 3 km walk/run.”

Refreshments will be provided before and after the event. There will be a prize draw, activities and entertainment for the kids.  Registration starts at 9 a.m. and the walk/run at 10 a.m.

You can support this event by attending, fundraising through an individual or team webpage, collecting pledges or making an online donation.

Are you interested in belonging to a caring, well-established and charitable organization in the Langley Community?

Call Lynn for further information about Langley Elks Lodge and meeting times at 604-427-1939.