The event started at 10.30am and kicked off with coffee by the Wandering Bean Coffee and delicious homemade eats. Debbie Cameron then spoke on the accreditation of the practice, a growing, international trend which the Society of Physiotherapy in South Africa embraces. South African Sign Language (SASL) trainers then taught the guests the alphabet as well as the basics SASL phrases introduced during the Talk Sign campaign.
Keynote speaker, Dr Bianca Birdsey of Thrive Parent Support and Advocacy Group, was the highlight of the event and she spoke honestly and emotively about the challenges and blessings of raising her beautiful daughters, Hope, Faith and Joy. All three of her girls were born profoundly deaf and according to Dr Birdsey the support of other parents with deaf and hard of hearing children as well as deaf adults is so important. "They provide invaluable insight into what will make life and learning so much easier for a child who is unable to hear," explains Dr Birdsey.
A performance by the amazing Darren Rajbal was next on the agenda. Darren has been deaf since birth and became the winner of SA's Got Talent through his incredible dancing ability. He is able to interpret sound in an unique way. Unable to hear, Darren feels the vibrations and uses a virtual DJ application to aid him in creating dance moves.
The most dedicated and most improved Pilates pupils at the practice for 2016 was announced, followed by spot prize giveaways and the raffle draw. The raffle and sale of Talk Sign stickers raised R5 370 for the Talk Sign campaign and all proceeds will be used to assist with the education and job placement of South Africans who are deaf and hard of hearing. A big thank you to Austria Electric in Builders Way for sponsoring the third and second place raffle prizes and to The Firm Hillcrest and their team of beauty and wellness experts for sponsoring the main prize valued at R3 280.
Seen at the Debbie Cameron Physiotherapy Talk Sign event are physiotherapist Debbie Cameron, keynote speaker, Dr Bianca Birdsey and the owner of The Firm Hillcrest, Keri Curtin