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Hear the World and The Bryan Adams Foundation Team up to Support F.A.N.D.A

Joint donation to benefit children with hearing loss in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Stafa, Switzerland (November 2008) - Hear the World, a global non-profit initiative created by hearing system manufacturer Phonak to raise awareness about the topic of hearing and hearing loss, today announced a donation of 20,000 CHF ($18,000 USD) to The Bryan Adams Foundation. The Hear the World donation will be used to support F.A.N.D.A (Fundación de Ayuda al Niño Discapacitado Auditivo), a Buenos Aires-based non-profit organization developed to assist low-income families of children with hearing loss.

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The Bryan Adams Foundation, launched in 2006 by famed musician, photographer and phianthropist, Bryan Adams, has joined with the Hear the World Foundation to select F.A.N.D.A as its most recent grant recipient to further expand its mission to support the quality of life for people around the world. With the donation, F.A.N.D.A will be able to provide more children of low-income families with hearing tests, as well as much-needed hearing devices and auditory therapy.

"Bryan has always demonstrated a passion for helping the global community and we are pleased that he shares our mission to assist people with hearing loss in Argentina," said Valentin Chapero, CEO of Phonak and Hear the World Foundation board member. "Since the launch of Hear the World, it has been our goal to support people with hearing loss from all corners of the world. Together with F.A.N.D.A and The Bryan Adams Foundation, today we are able to extend the reach or the work we do in South America."

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"F.A.N.D.A very much appreciates the Bryan Adams and Hear the World Foundations for their indisputable generosity in helping F.A.N.D.A for the care and assistance of deaf children from very low income families in Argentina and many other countries in South America," said Gina Romano, president of F.A.N.D.A.

The partnership is not the first collaboration between Mr. Adams and Hear the World. The famed musician currently serves as the official photographer for the hearing awareness initiative, capturing images of famous musicians including Mick Jagger, Amy Winehouse, Plácido Domingo and many others in a conscious pose of "hearing." Most recently, the photographs were featured in a Hear the World Ambassadors art exhibition that traveled to New York, Berlin and Zurich earlier this year.

About Hear the World

Hear the World is a global initiative by hearing device manufacturer Phonak created to raise awareness about the importance of hearing. The initiative calls attention to the social and emotional impact of hearing loss and addresses prevention of and solutions to a problem that affects more than 10% of the world's population. In the context of the Hear the World initiative, Phonak has established the non-profit Hear the World Foundation to improve the quality of life of people with hearing loss through financial and technical assistance. The foundation is committed to the prevention of hearing loss as well as the support of people with hearing loss and their families.

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For more information please visit http://www.hear-the-world.com

About The Bryan Adams Foundation

The Bryan Adams Foundation was set up in 2006 by the musician and photographer Bryan Adams, in order to improve the quality of people's lives around the world. The Foundation aims to achieve this by providing financial help and support to those people who are committed to bettering the lives of other people, by providing grants to finance specific projects.

For more information, please visit www.bryanadamsfoundation.com

About FANDA

F.A.N.D.A is a Buenos Aires, Argentina based non-profit organization. Its main purpose is to assist deaf children who belong to low-income families. Through collecting donations and raising money, F.A.N.D.A has continued to support children with hearing loss in Argentina and around the world.

Additional information is available at www.fundacionfanda.org.ar

For more information about Phonak, please visit http://phonak.com.

 

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