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April 27, 2003

Festival for deaf proves a big hit

From: Gulf Daily News, Bahrain - Apr 27, 2003

SCORES of people attended the opening of the fifth Annual Deaf festival yesterday at the Bank of Bahrain and Kuwait (BBK) Rehabilitation Centre in Isa Town.

Her Highness Shaikha Hala bint Daij Al Khalifa, wife of Crown Prince and BDF Commander-in-chief Shaikh Salman bin Hamad Al Khalifa, yesterday issued a statement marking the International Deaf Day today.

Shaikha Hala said the festival, under the theme of "creation of appropriate job opportunities and mini projects in society", is an excellent opportunity for the children to take part along with the deaf to jointly explore their own capabilities and talents and display their creativity.

The two-day event was opened by Labour and Social Affairs Ministry Assistant Under-Secretary for Social Affairs Shaikha Hind bint Salman Al Khalifa, at a ceremony attended by Children and Mothers' Welfare Society president Shaikha Lulwa bint Mohammed Al Khalifa.

Shaikha Hind presented 10 phones to Shaikhan Al Farisi Centre for Total Communication graduates at the event. These can be used to receive text messages.

One of the highlights of the festival is a display of products made by youngsters from the Shaikhan Al Farisi centre and the BBK centre, which are on sale.

The event also features games, competitions, a charity dish and a presentation of the latest hearing and special needs equipment. It is open from 8.30am to 1pm today and all are welcome.

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